Down an easy-to-miss slipway off Pitt Street, Tapavino is one of Sydney’s longest-running tapas joints. And it’s completely worth seeking out if you’re looking for good food and wine when you’re in Circular Quay.
First and foremost, this place is a sherry bar with more than 80 styles poured by the glass. A backlit red area behind the bar illuminates an impressive display of multi-sized glass carafes, which were especially hand-blown for Tapavino. The remainder of the back wall is filled with imported Spanish wine, waiting patiently to be uncorked by a curious customer. Try an apple-crisp, salty albariño to match a plate of prawn, chilli and avocado tostadas, or a manzanilla if you’re awaiting cured Spanish meats.
The menu is as inspired as it is extensive. Past highlights include Jamón serrano served with goats curd and sharp pickled beetroot; and salads that are fresh, textural and colourful. A final wedge of dulce de leche tart is rich and unctuous and provides the perfect excuse for an accompanying glass of sweet sherry.
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