Restaurant Reviews

Bodega: Restaurant review

Address

216 Commonwealth St
Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW

Hours

Lunch Fri noon-2pm
Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm

Prices

E $7-$22
M $22-$30
D $16

REVIEW

Bodega in one word? Swingin'. The tunes. The skirts. The tapas and share plates making their way from the open kitchen, carried by some of the friendliest waitstaff in town. The energy is infectious. Slide into a baby-blue leather banquette and peruse the strictly Latin wine list while well-coiffed chefs build queso fresco towers atop arepas. The grill and deep-fryer are the weapons of choice here. Soft maple-laced brisket meatballs are rich and sticky, while a mint and cabbage slaw lifts charry calamari with romesco. Regulars still rave over the marshmallow and dulce  de leche "banana split" - an MVP since Bodega opened - but there's equal  pleasure to be had in mango and passionfruit-topped milk parfait. Bodega has some much-loved siblings (Porteño, Continental and Stanbuli among them) but 10 years on, Elviz Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate's first-born still rocks and rolls in spades. Thoroughly modern party food.  

Phone:
(02) 9212 7766

Bookings:
Bookings lunch only

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Ben Milgate & Elvis Abrahanowicz

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.