Monopole, Potts Point.

Chef
Brent Savage

Vibe
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.

Spend
$$ 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.

Food
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.

Enjoy!
Love Bangers x

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