Named after the Avalanche's song, Since I Left You is not new to Sydney's small bar scene. Nestled on the quiet Kent St, this is the perfect place for a couple of drinks and some delicious snacks.
Their bar is made up of 3 main sections, a cosy inside area and a slightly gothic laneway area, but the heavyweight lies in their courtyard, a mural by the famous street artist Fintan Magee. His recent mural, The Torch Carrier is the new addition to their courtyard, coming in a 18 metres tall, adding much vibe to this already funky bar.
Nick's famous guacamole w/ corn chips
The food menu here is quite substantial, being the cheap drunk I am, some food was needed to keep me from dropping after a few sips.
We start with some of Nick's famous guac and corn chips, the guac isn't your usual tomato, onion and other condiments but it was so flavoursome and moreish, I kept reaching for more!
Now that I have something in the stomach, it is safe to proceed to the drinks. I personally don't know much about drinks as I'm a cider or as the seasoned drinkers call it "sugar water" girl. Although I have progressed from half a cider to a full cider (yes!) I am still rather lightweight.
The torch carrier
Named after their new mural, the torch carrier is one of the featured drinks of their new menu. This one was quite fragrant with the burning of the euclyptus leaf and is also slightly on the sweet side, perfect for me!
The Don Juan was quite deceptive in looks, looking very refreshing and fresh, this was quite a punch to the face.
A little grace
I loved the look of a little grace, and with the promise of sour apple I was quite sold. I may have hogged this one over the course of the evening.....
Stop, hammer thyme
I by this stage could not possibly drink anymore, that is why I bring people who can drink with me. I was told that this was quite easy to go down and the fresh rosemary gave it a nice kick.
The flight path
Last but not least, we also sampled the flight path. I personally found this one too strong form y liking, I sniffed it and was knocked back in my seat (weak, I know!) The drinker however loved it and declared it the favourite of the evening.
Now back to something I am more familiar with, food! oh yes food!
By this stage, I was quite red and had had more than my fair share of alcohol. I was definitely ready for more food to soak it up.
SILY also has their signature bruschetta which change regularly to keep an element of surprise. The kitchen kindly brought us 2 of their favourites to try.
wagyu bresola bruschetta
We sampled the wagyu bresola bruschetta first and flavours in this was quite intense, this was quite enjoyable and the freshness of the ingredients definitely shone through.
pickled octopus bruschetta
The ocotpus was so tender that for a second I thought I was eating chicken!
This bruchetta would be my pick if I had to choose!
If you are after something more substantial, they also have a range of toasties.
Pulled pork cheese toastie
The toastie came with a side of spicy slaw which I didn't sample as I have issues with so much raw cabbage. But I was told that this slaw was out of the world amazing, so if you're a coleslaw fan, then this is for you.
Overall, this small bar has some nice vibes and is perfect for relaxing after a day at work or shopping as it is not too busy or loud, drinks however are on the strong side so for those who are lightweight like me, proceed with caution. (p.s. I will work on my drinking this year!)
Till next post,