Though the name – Mr Tipply’s – might lead you to believe you’re entering a small bar, the cavernous surrounds decked out with wall-sized murals of exotic-looking women clue you in that you’re entering a modern pub. While my dining companion arched one beautifully shaped eyebrow and made polite comment about being keen to know the origin of the artworks, my own thoughts turned to Russian artist Vladimir Tretchikoff and the colonial gaze. We’re shown around the former City Hotel by General Manager Matt Comensoli, who ran Home nightclub’s door during its popular heyday, and started The Fox Hole, one of Sydney’s first small bars. At this new small bar-pub hybrid, he’s really focused on the food. You can see the effects of his attention in the Chilled Silken Tofu ($11), one of the best tofu dishes I’ve had in a while.The Asian-inspired eatery’s Organic Quinoa Salad ($18) is also a beauty, leading me to believe vegetarians will feel quite at home. Carnivores are not forgotten either, with high quality Mongolian Lamb Cutlets ($21) and sticky ‘Char Siu’ Beer Ribs ($35) dished up with Asian ‘slaw. Generously proportioned cubes of Crispy Salmon ($21) served on betel leaves make great cocktail accompaniments to an Asian-inspired China Doll ($16) – just one selection from an interesting list.
347 King Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9299 4877 mrtipplys.com
Pub Bistro $$$-$$$$