A mysterious new lady has arrived on the North Shore. Ms. Miller opened her doors to the dining public on June 1. The sleek new wine and tapas bar comes to Cammeray courtesy of brothers James and Will Christopher, who are already well known in the local area for their cafe The Laneway just next door.
“It’s been really great so far,” says James of the local response to the new venue. “It’s been very busy. We’ve had a lot of interest just from our Laneway customers while we were fitting the place out. It built up a fair bit of drama.” The brothers grew up in nearby Willoughby and felt there was room for a relaxed, small eats and easy drinking-style venue in the neighbourhood. “We weren’t really looking in Cammeray, but we were looking for a place to do tapas. The cafe in this spot had ceased operating and we had the chance to approach the landlord about it and he liked it. It didn’t fall into out laps, but is was a good set of circumstances.”
Brother Will (whose previous roles included time as a chef at Tree House in North Sydney) has had a hand in the Spanish-inspired tapas menu. There’s paprika salt squid, morcilla and ricotta-stuffed piquillo peppers on offer. Not to mention pork belly bocadillos or Cordero slow-roast lamb shoulder to match with wines including cava albarino and tempranillo. Spanish beer Estrella is on tap as well as a few sherries and cocktails for good measure.
Pull up a stool at the white-tiled bar or grab a table while the mural of Ms. Miller looks over you. The name is drawn from the location on Miller Street, but the artwork by emerging artist Tessa Mag adds a sense of mystery. “The name came first. We knew people would be asking who she was, so we created a figure,” says Christopher. So far the locals have been very welcoming to this new lady on the block.
457 Miller Street, Cammeray
(02) 9955 8808
Tues to Fri 4pm–10pm
Sat & Sun 8am–10pm