Bodega has been on my wishlist for some time. I had heard lots of great things and my work colleague suggested we head there for a nice dinner. Nestled in Surry Hills, Bodega is a cosy little restaurant. As I want to see all the action, RR and I sit at the bar.
Bodega's menu is tapas style so everything is designed around sharing food. RR and I look through the menu and ask for some recommendations from the staff. But first - a drink to cheers. I've been drinking a lot of full bodied red wines in Winter but as the warmer weather comes into play, I'll have to start expanding my wine palette.RR goes for a beer and we start talking all things work, life and food. RR and I start off the mean with the Fish Fingers with hiramasa, charred toast, cuttlefish and mojama ($24). When one reads Fish Fingers, you typically first think of those frozen ones that are crumbed and served up as a child but these are the Adult version.
The hiramasa kingfish is the main attraction served up on a crunchy bread finger and is a nice combination of fresh fish flesh, zesty citrus flavours and the toast which soaks up all the flavours.
Then there's the Pork, Octopus, Cabbage, Green Apple salad with jalapeno dressing ($24). This is perhaps my favourite dish of the night. The refreshing salad is surprisingly satisfying with the crunchy pieces of pork and octopus. This is a must order as a side.
Summary: For an intimate catch up with friends or family, check out Bodega for touch of Modern Australian Tapas with European influences.
Price: $40-50 per person
Location: 216 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
Closed Monday and Sunday
Tuesday to Thursday 6pm to 12am
Friday 12pm to 2:30pm and 6pm to 12am