I will go pretty much anywhere for bone marrow. I know it’s easy to make yada yada yada but honestly I just ain’t got time for that. So whenever I see bone marrow on IG I will bookmark it and add it to my MUST EAT NOW list which is where Bibo Wine Bar in Double Bay comes in. Head chef Jose Silva (ex-Guillaume) is at the helm in the kitchen after a stint at Sweet Belem, land of amazing Portuguese custard tarts.
We start with the Smoked mackerel pâté ($10) because mackerel is my favourite fish in all the lands. (Or should that be sea…) and it does not disappoint. It’s the perfect starter with a good amount of salt against the naturally oily fish and sets the tastebuds in a frenzy.
The Steak tartare ($22) is as pretty as a picture, with paper thin slices of radish, parsley and slivers of cornichons dotting the tartare. The hand sliced potato crisps were perfect vessels and sturdy enough for spooning generous amounts of the tartare onto.
I am beyond excited about the arrival of the Bone marrow butter ($18). The perfectly clean bone holds the creamy whipped bone marrow butter with a smattering of breadcrumbs and chives, ready to be slathered onto the toasted baguette slices.
I was too slow in capturing the fire-y presentation of the Flambé chorizo ($14.50) because well, I was busy gazing into the flames to react quick enough haha my bad! Gotta love a meal with a show 😛 The sausage was pretty damn tasty too, freakishly juicy and perfect with a light schemer of mustard.
I absolutely loved the Octopus ($32) which was ridiculously tender and had the perfect char grilled smokiness. The potatoes were good but I think I would’ve loved them in mashed form but das just me.
The Brussels sprouts ($19) are a surprise hit with crisp, charred leaves tossed with carrot, garlic and a surprisingly zingy buttermilk dressing.
I was too full to order dessert other than the Portuguese tarts but Manny sent us this dessert on the house (Thaaaanks!) It was absolutely perfect for this weather, the cucumber granita was super refreshing with the rubble of dehydrated raspberry, white peach and lime chantilly.
The Sweet Belem Portuguese tart ($6) is perfect and just as amazing as I remember. The shells are buttery and crisp and the egg custard filling is sweet and smooth. I could probably eat 3 in a row. Easily.
We’d realised our parking was about to expire so got the 2nd tart takeaway and lolol look look it’s a swan!
I particularly loved the wine menu with the short 3 word descriptive tasting notes but sommelier Louella Mathews is always at hand to suggest a good pairing with the food you’ve ordered. If you can, try and sit at the window so you can gaze out onto the street and watch the fluffeh dogs pass by!
bibo wine bar
7 Bay Street, Double Bay
Wed & Thurs: 5.30pm – midnight
Fri & Sat: 12pm–midnight
Sun: 12pm – 5pm