Bodega Tapas Restaurant & Bar, if you haven’t had the joy of visiting it before, is a little restaurant on Commonwealth Street in Surry Hills that plays the rock so loud you’ll be tapping along to the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Royal Crown Revue faster than you can say chimichurri. Chefs/owners Ben Millgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz also have Porteno – South American grillhouse to the stars.
The Argentine-style empanadas at Bodega in Surry Hills are a triple-whammy of pastry deliciousness. It’s lucky they come in threes, because it’s impossible to stop at one.
A warm welcome by maitre d’ Sarah Doyle and a stylish and tight team offer friendly and professional service adding to this wonderful dining experience. It is this combination of superb food, a vibrant atmosphere and great staff that has wowed patrons since 2006 when Bodega first opened its doors.
The menu draws inspiration from Spanish and Argentinean food, wine and culture and is therefore designed with sharing in mind. In creating the menu, the chefs draw on fine dining experience and use fresh, quality produce. Expect to see dishes, such as, Argentinean-style beef empanadas with salsa criolla, steamed pork belly with warm salad of onion and shitake mushroom, and seared scallops with pickled Wagyu tongue, cabbage and celeriac salad. The plates range from $6 to $26 with most people reaching contentment after three plates. The wine list is another of Bodega’s features, with an extensive array of Spanish and South American wines that have been carefully chosen to complement the food.
Bodega Tapas Restaurant & Bar Address: Shop 1/216 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills 2010
Price per person including drinks $51 to $100
Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-late;
lunch Thu-Fri 12 noon-2.30pm