Where: 161 King St, Sydney
Diners: HappyLeDiz, the fabulous Mrs New and iFranc
Whenever I am headed to Subsolo, I always love having an excuse to show up earlier than my reservation so I can prop myself up at the bar and have a few cocktails. Although I have sampled a fair portion of the cocktail menu, I have to confess that I don't even peruse the menu anymore because I am in love - I have a definitie predilection for anything citrus based and have therefore wed myself to the Bello Fin. This cocktail was made with me in mind - a chilled martini glass' rim is encrusted with sugar and filled with a beautiful concoction of homemade limoncello liquor and fresh lemon juice with the slightest hint of ginger; this is finished off with a cherry in the bottom of the glass. It is absolute heaven in a glass
|Heaven in a glass - Bello Fin|
iFranc proceeded to order a bottle of the Telmo Rodriguez – LZ, 07 Tempranillo – Rioja which is described quite aptly on the wine list as "A fresh, light & concentrated unwooded Tempranillo. Impeccable fruit, meaty & earthy with hints of liquorice & cola at the finish". It was my first time consuming a Tempranillo and I really enjoyed it. It managed to be light but earthy (I don't know how, but it was) and I'd be happy to have it again.
iFranc and I decided to share some tapas to go with our lovely beverages (or else I'd have to be poured into a cab); seeing as iFranc had just returned from Spain (and I've never been) I asked him to make the selection. He chose 4 dishes:
|Our very drinkable Tempranillo wine|
Chicken Chorizo with Caramelised Escallots - garlicky slices of warm chorizo that were delicious
Baked Piquillo Peppers with Spanish Goats Cheese, Roasted Pinenuts & Wild Rocket - deliciously soft cooked peppers stuffed with goats cheese and offset with peppery rocket - yum!
Crunchy bacalao croquettes on aioli
Sliced jamon serrano - the serrano ham was the star of this dish, sliced thinly and simply served on the plate with slices of fresh baguette. Deliciously simple.