Former Wine Bar In Surry Hills Has Transformed Into A Luxe Italian Restaurant

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / October 27, 2021

The Sydney hospitality industry is going through a relaunch faze and MV Bistro & Wine Bar have jumped on the bandwagon welcoming Millie Vini to Surry Hills.

There’s something special about a restaurant relaunch. The way restauranteurs can have a good thing, and pack it up at just the right time to make room for something new. Sure it can be sad to say goodbye to our neighbourhood favourites, but it always ends up bringing something better to the table.

MV Bistro & Wine Bar of Surry Hills has turned into a luxe Italian restaurant and bar within the same space on Crown Street. Esper Hospitality (Rosie Campbell’s, Mama Saan, MV Bistro & Wine Bar) are the creatives behind the reinvention. During the lockdown, they planned to re-energize the space and exceeded people’s expectations of the usual wine bar experience. And that they did.

The venue itself has scored a major renovation boasting fresh interiors, contrasted by the historical building from the 1840s. The scene can be best described as moody but there’s a touch of elegance from the velvet drapes and brass and crystal chandeliers. It has a luxe, romantic atmosphere making it the perfect venue for your next date night.
This European elegance is complimented throughout the food and beverage offering. Head Chef Francesco Di Gioia (Fred’s, Charlie Parker’s, Riley Street Cafe and Wine) pays homage to classic Italian cuisine from all regions. Some dishes include Poached Octopus Salad, Battered Zucchini Flowers, Truffle Pecorino with Blossom Honey and a selection of freshly made Crostini Stracciatella.

With Mille Vini directly translating to, ‘a thousand wines’, it’s no surprise the beverage list is extensive. It features a selection of local producers along with classic Italian varietals. Cocktail enthusiasts will be pleased with a bunch of sips that feature seasonal ingredients. Signature cocktails include The Bitter Aussie Italian with Stone Pine Native Dry Gin, Bitter Orange and Yuzu Vermouth, as well as the Amma Mia with Watermelon, Tomato, Tanqueray Gin, Bianco Vermouth and Citrus.

The venue will accommodate those seeking a post-work tipple by afternoon and those after a more intimate dining experience by night. Located on the mezzanine level, the private dining room can hold 8 guests making it the perfect spot for special occasion visits.

Esper Hospitality Co-Founder, Sam Lehain comments, “We believe that Mille Vini will be the best local Italian and wine bar in the area, complementing the many other venues and large pubs by giving our customers a more intimate dining experience. Located in the heart of Crown Street, we will be the anchor point and the heart of good food and drink in the area.”

Mille Vini is open Monday – Thursday from 5pm, Friday from 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm. Find out more HERE

Wondering what other Sydney venues have undergone a transformation? Check out The Redfern

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