Chippendale, Sydney, New South Wales
From the team that brought you much loved wine bars Vini, Berta and 121BC comes Ester, a quirky, chic restaurant tucked away in Chippendale. The cavernous space is dimly lit by low hanging globe-shaped lights, with arched openings affording diners a view to the bustling kitchen. A wood fired oven spurs much of the menu, with everything from crab to cauliflower feeling the blaze at some point during cooking. The eclectic wine list is short but sweet.
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Cuisines Modern Australian
Price Mains $20 - $30
It was a miserable night - cold, wet and windy. Plenty of available street parking - no signage but we were at the right address. A smallish cosy restaurant with a large dominant bar - and filled on a Wednesday night. Menu is compact and dishes designed for sharing. Between 4 of us we probably had about 65% of the menu and there wasn't a dud dish. I particularly enjoyed the carrot dishes - caramelized topped with crunchy sesame seeds plus; the chicken dish was sensational as was the fresh fish of the day. Whilst the restaurant is a temple to organic produce - reflected also in the wine list - I thought that the wine list - giving an excellent selection from around the world - was somewhat intimidating in that most wines were priced over $45. Looking at the demographic dining on Wednesday - there seemed to be an imbalance from this perspective. I liked the free home-made sparkling water. Will be back.