Dessert, Wine

This post isn’t so much about my three favourite wine bars (though they are), as it is about two of my favourite things – dessert and wine. A story of gluttony really – but we’ll get to that.

There are many good venues for a glass of red in Sydney these days, but if I had to recommend my three favourites (in no particular order),they are Love, Tilly Devine, Monopole and 10 William Street. Each has particular strengths, but they all have a solid offering of wines and friendly service – the wine bar essentials.

Their menus are different – try Tilly Devine for smaller tastes, 10 William for solid Italian and Monopole for more cerebral eating. Because I’m in denial about food blogging, I’m not going to ramble about each, except briefly to say what’s good beyond the wine.

I love Tilly Devine for the cured fish / ceviche, the simply but oh-so-fine salami (and I can’t forget the lovely Jasmine – and Matt of course). I hear they’re tinkering with the menu, so fingers-crossed there’s a dessert coming…


Monopole – with its Bentley pedigree – is moody, dark, stylish. There’s some fantastic food (try the  blue mackerel with puffed wheat, dried capers and pickled raisins), but the stand-out for me is the nectarine and sorbet dessert, with brown butter curd (yes, Johnpie, you must try).


And finally, there’s 10 William… Great Italian standards like the tagliata and osso bucco (not surprising for a a younger sibling of Fratelli Paradiso), but again the dessert nails it. Occasionally they do a nice special, like the fig tart below. But sometimes staples are the best – and in a night that will never be mentioned again, after a challenge from The Bear, I ate three courses of tiramisu – entree, main and dessert. Strangely, Gemcat and SoFrenchy haven’t joined us for dinner since.

Go for wine, try a main, but make sure you stay for dessert…



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