Chef Jose Silva (ex-Guillaume) brings serious fine dining credentials to Double Bay, along with a team that boasts time spent at Rockpool and Momofuku Seiōbo. bibo wine bar boasts one of the best wine lists in Sydney; the moody centrepiece bar opens onto Bay Street, while an upstairs dining room and courtyard double as the perfect function or wine-dinner space.
Chef Silva’s dishes will rise above your expectations for wine bar fare. The flambé chorizo is a must to order – the smokiness, texture and flavour, complemented by green capsicum sauce, is beyond moreish. Similarly, lush bone marrow with anchovy crumb sets the heart racing, and there is ample acidity in the accompanying salad to cut across the richness. Impossibly tender octopus, caramelised cabbage and sobrasada form an unlikely combination that works on many levels. Flawlessly spiced piri piri chicken with Jerusalem artichoke and excellent pickles surpasses the description on the menu.
PSST! For dessert, don’t miss the spectacular Portuguese tart!