Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-10.30pm
Is it a bar with good food or a restaurant with a good bar? You'll ponder this question as you arrive at Bar H, its welcoming lights glowing on a Surry Hills corner, empty wine bottles lining the window sills and the happy buzz of a hip crowd drifting onto the street. Upstairs is vibrant and bar-like, a place to sit on stools and down cocktails accented with lychee, turmeric and star anise. You can eat here, too, or opt for the intimate dining room downstairs to explore an original menu from chef Hamish Ingham that successfully marries Japanese, Chinese and indigenous flavours. A branch of saltbush, for instance, is fried tempura-style and served with chilli mayo, kingfish sashimi is elevated with twin sauces of yuzu kosho and nori, and kombucured Angus sirloin works perfectly with a miso sauce and mushrooms. An impressive drinks list created by co-owner Rebecca Lines includes wines by the glass or carafe, sakes, spirits and teas. Now, drink or dinner?