David Yip’s enthusiasm for what could broadly be termed stunt food is palpable. An ideas man, David is constantly thinking up new ways to make his dishes and cocktails fun. This is basically how I ended up with a rotating, dry ice billowing, Matcha Wheel ONE Tea Experience ($50/8 people) dominating my table for two.
My date might have been fluttering her eyelashes at me from across the table, but it was Cruise Bar's gorgeous twilight views of Sydney Harbour that I found myself lusting over. Sprawling across three levels, my date and I spent our evening at the oriental-inspired (and appropriately named) Junk Lounge on Level Two.
This funky small bar in Darlinghurst is perfect for a first date: the balcony overlooks Taylor Square (so you'll have lots of colourful wildlife to giggle about if the conversation runs dry) and it's dark enough that you can easily escape if your Tinder date turns out to be shit.
Despite good instructions from enthusiastic floor Manager Quinton Van Schalkwyk, most of my meal is spent debating and creating the perfect cup of tea with my British dining companion.
What started as a stall at the Good Food Markets, then set up shop in the Northern Beaches, has now arrived in Bondi. “It’s our first venture ‘over the Bridge,” says co-owner Ben Thomas, “we think it suits the Bondi lifestyle.”
While the name - Mr Tipply’s - might leave 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.
Living up to the hype that the daytime café business generated was always going to be hard…
In a hip strip like Reservoir Street, home to Single Origin Roasters, Bang Bang Café, and half the cutting-edge design agencies in Sydney, it pays to stay relevant.
You can feel the love all right. With the balmy night sky above, palm trees, fresh flowers and cacti of all sorts on the garden-setting tables, Astroturf underfoot, and the broadest, genuine welcoming smiles behind the bar, Love on Top brings back to Kings Cross love, passion and magic.