SaltVine | Surry Hills
Life is like a road. Without speed bumps, road blocks, a few detours, and getting lost somewhere along the way despite the most carefully laid plans, it would be a pretty boring journey. So after a slightly delayed start to my 2018 food blogging journey let's get right back into checking out some of my favourites of this year so far.
Starting with SaltVine. In Surry Hills, one of Sydney's top foodie hubs, it can be hard for a new place to stand out amongst tough competition. The owner of SaltVine invited me to come check out his new Lebanese tapas bar and give an honest review, and I'm so glad I did. An intimate restaurant and bar decked out in black, set in a corner position with large sun drenched windows, SaltVine won me over with its chic yet inviting ambience and modern, tasty dishes. Each generous mezze style sharing dish was beautifully presented and bursting with bright and exciting flavours.
Pictured is the 'Avocado Zaatar Labneh' with sweet pickled chilli, toasted pepitas, and extra virgin olive oil, served with Lebanese flatbread. The tangy, smooth and creamy labneh perfectly complimented the crunchy, nutty pepitas and buttery avocado, which was generously sprinkled with a za'atar of flavoursome herbs, spices and toasted sesame seeds. Spread on crisp fried flatbread, the tartness of the labneh cut through the richness of the other components in this cleverly balanced dish, and whet my appetite for more.
This is a great place for a regular catch up with friends after work or on the weekend, and my partner and I left very happily full! More photos and reviews of dishes tasted to follow. Thanks for having us @saltvine_tapas_bar #invite - 9 hours ago