Tucked away through a short underpass from City North CBD, is the secluded haven of OneSixEight. While most of the room is given over to restaurant seating for the scrumptious food of Chef Leigh McDivitt, the entrance bar area has benches and small tables that are perfect for a pre-dinner drink or a night out in itself. From the starting line-up of cocktails, our posse agreed the Yuzu Tonic (Yuzu jam, peach bitters, Belvedere vodka , tonic: $17) was the winner. For beers, local Lord Nelson Brewery Pale Ale ($9.50) gets a show in with Black Panther, Neil Stout, Pigs Fly Pilsner and award winning Hop Hog IPA ($10).
The bar serves the same tight but diverse wine list as for the restaurant. And of course McDivitt is also in charge of the bar food menu. The Mini Pork burger with Apple Vanilla puree & Kipfler potatoes ($10) is pure lust. Or you could go the Mini Oyster burger with Coleslaw and Kipfler potatoes if you want to fork out an extra two bucks. Or get really lush with a Double Mini, Pork and Oysters burgers ($20). Of course there are (organic Pacific Smokey Bay) oysters, marinated olives and beer nuts, as you would want in a bar. But the bomb has to be Duck fat fried Kiplfer potatoes with Sherry shallot vinaigrette ($10).
Having been smitten with the food of McDivitt from when he was at the 3 Weeds, I’m keen to go back soon to explore more of his restaurant menu. As it’s opened weekdays and weeknights only, perhaps lunch (Tuesday to Friday) is on the cards.
An excerpt of this review was published in my weekly BAR FLY newspaper column for the Alternative Media Group.
One Six Eight Restaurant & Bar
168 Kent Street, Observatory Tower, Millers Point Sydney Australia
+61 2 7900 4857