Monopole, Potts Point.

Brent Savage

A dark and masculine narrow wine bar and eatery, decorated in grey metallics and rich dark tones. It’s intimate, welcoming and is spacious enough to not overhear other conversations. I had dinner here with my girlfriend Tess for a long overdue catch up and post-birthday gift ceremony. I thought it was the perfect restaurant to unwind after work and I was right, it has a very calm and cool vibe about it. They have a really great selection of share plates on the menu for light to medium eaters, but if you are not in the mood for a meal as such, I recommend coming here just for a glass of wine and nibbles at the bar. They have an extensive wine list and the most beautiful creamy rich cheeses (and Iggy’s bread yum!) – The perfect wine bar! It’s also a really great date night spot, so I will definitely visit again with my boyfriend.

$$ Surprisingly affordable for a restaurant that was awarded One Chef Hat (The SMH Good Food Guide 2014)

Dress Code
Sophisticated, clean cuts but bold (splash of Morange or Lady Danger) and your highest heels.

I really enjoyed the food. We may have gone with a few of the safer options (Last time I went to a Bentley Group restaurant, Yellow, I was in an experimental mood and tried some of the more adventurous dishes , which adversely affected my experience). First up; we shared the Iggy’s bread & house made butter (really safe haha), if you haven’t tried this before definitely give it a go, it’s fluffy and chewy at the same time. The cured beef pastrami, was a favourite! Great complementary flavours and textures. The snapper was cooked just right and went beautifully with the pumpkin puree. For dessert, we had the strawberries & cream, basil & milk crumb – it was ok, but it didn’t leave an impression unfortunately. On the other hand, the Soumaintrain cheese was so creamy and smooth I was suffocating myself with it. We didn’t order a lot of food but we were so full by the end of it, probably from all the bread. I cannot imagine why anyone would order sardines (!!!) and I was specifically warned against ordering the saviche sardines – so eat at your own risk! Overall I really liked this place and am very curious about the other dishes on the menu (minus the sardines) so I will be back to try them very soon.

Love Bangers x

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