Almond Bar, Darlinghurst

Restaurants, Sydney / 12 March 2010

Almond Bar is the small restaurant with big flavour

I met my friend Marty about 6 years ago in a bar at Melbourne airport. We instantly connected, for a number of reasons but initially as frustrated Jetstar passengers victim of the ’30 minutes before departure’ check in rule. I was still at uni and my friend and I had planned a weekend away to celebrate end of exams. We’d spent our last dollars on a piccolo of wine which we were sharing with two straws. Marty, a little older and employed full time, took pity on his new uni-bum friends and shouted us while we waited for the next flight. Over the years we’ve stayed friends and like our first encounter have always enjoyed catching up over a bottle of wine…or two. It was to my surprise when he declared he was alcohol free last week when we caught up for dinner. He dropped the bomb at Almond Bar a cozy restaurant known for its authentic homemade mezza in Darlinghurst.
The middle eastern menu is designed to be shared and unlike the enticing wine list which I sampled alone, Marty and I tried a variety of dishes. The name Almond was inspired by a love for the nut amongst siblings when the owner was a child. When you first arrive each table has a small selection of assorted almonds to tempt your taste buds before dining.
Almond bar is great for smaller groups or couples who enjoy sharing a passion for good food and wine. I recommend an assortment of dips for starters especially the Bulgarian feta and mint dip and for mains you have to try the chargrilled lamb skewers, they’re delicious.
I also recommend you take a friend who is not on a drinking detox to share the tasty and reasonably priced wine list.
Whilst Marty may have let me down in the wine department on this occasion he did man up for desert…you guessed it – Coconut Pandan at Gelato Messina around the corner.
Almond Bar
379 Liverpool St
Darlinghurst 2010
02 93805318
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