Perfectly placed within the charming village of Kirribilli, just metres from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Small Bar and Kitchen is the place to come for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just casual drinks.
Although small in size, Small Bar and Kitchen has a rustic charm, with high wooden tables and round comfy stools with pedals to rest your feet, whilst an array of wines are stored in the metal racks above your heads, making full use of the space available. Chalk blackboards display the ever changing food specials as well as the cocktail menu full of fruity favourites and tempting concoctions including the popular Espresso Martini.
I came here Friday afternoon at 2pm with my work for our Christmas party lunch, and our group of 17 took over about half of the venue. The waiting staff were friendly and attentive and were quick to take our orders. We started with some spiced corn chips with guacamole, a cheeseboard complete with Stilton Blue, Saint Andre Triple Cream brie and Maffra Black Wax Cheddar and some triple cooked hand cut chips to start before ordering our mains.
The slightly spiced corn chips were super crunchy and made the perfect shovel to scoop up the chunky guacamole which was fresh and not overly empowered by onion or avocado. The Stilton Blue from the cheeseboard was creamy and strong and extremely moreish, just how blue cheese should be whilst the apple slices, crackers and jam complemented the cheeseboard nicely.
As well as burgers and sandwiches to choose from off the main menu including the Steak Sandwich, Pulled Pork Burger and Beef Brisket Burger, other menu choices included Seared Beef Salad, Wild Mushroom Risotto and Pan Seared Market Fish, which today was swordfish. I however decided to go for the Prawn Linguine which included cherry tomatoes, spinach, chilli and saffron butter.
If you are gluten intolerant then Small Bar and Kitchen also provides a selection of gluten free and vegetarian options.
To satisfy your thirst, choose from a selection of wines, beers, spirits and cocktails as well as freshly squeezed juices.
Once we had finished with our sharing plates, our mains were soon brought out to us and my Prawn Linguine looked absolutely beautiful and colourful. The cherry tomatoes burst with vibrant red on the plate, with the linguine carefully tossed with chilli and spinach. The prawns were dotted throughout the linguine and were wonderfully crunchy and refreshing, whilst the crunch of shaved parmesan and crumbs on top were a welcome treat.
Overall, the food from Small Bar and Kitchen was a good portion size and absolutely delicious. Cocktails were freshly made and throughout our time here you could hear the shake of ice as cocktails were handshaken behind us at the bar by the talented bar staff.
There are also a few tables outside on street level if you prefer to sit outside, and enjoy a cool breeze, whilst be sheltered by the rain. I’d recommend booking a table ahead if there’s a large group of you.
If you’re looking for a casual café with a good choice of food and drink options that can cater for couples or large groups then I would definitely recommend Small Bar and Kitchen. Close to Milsons Point train station buses and ferries, travelling here is easy and there are also plenty of places to park on street level too.
I look forward to returning to Small Bar and Kitchen very soon!