It’s not often I venture into the CBD as I tend to hibernate in my beaches bubble but when I do I often find I’m pleasantly surprised with what’s on offer.
Mr Tipply’s (formerly the City Hotel) was re-invented in June of this year and boasts a new fit out and scrumptious menu. Owned by the Waugh Hotel Group, the bar and eatery dons an eclectic theme with African inspired interiors and an Asian-inspired menu. With a wide open bar area, which leads into a casual dining interior with beer garden for exterior play and an upstairs cocktail/functions area, Mr Tipply’s is vying to be a real contender on the dining/watering hole scene in Sydney’s CBD.
Lunch began with a glass of red for me and a beer for the boys as we snacked on tasty morsels of tempura rock shrimp with chilli mayo and ‘Kung Pao’ chicken popcorn. They certainly got our taste buds revved up for more and set the bar high for the rest of the dining experience. I’m usually not a fan of tempura coated dishes; however, this was delightfully light, crispy and fresh and added a unique element to the dish with the contrasting textures. The same could be said for the popcorn chicken (as unfortunately whenever I hear chicken described this way I think of KFC) but it was so tasty I found once I popped I really couldn’t stop!
And the food just kept coming… Braised pork belly, Char siu’ beef short ribs and an amazing crispy skinned salmon that made my skin feel like it was radiating from within.
Another personal favourite were the Mongolian lamb cutlets, which were tender and juicy and came with a mint and coriander vinagrete. I loved the twist and combinations of classic dishes with an asian flair. It was something I hadn’t tried before but certainly something I’d indulge in again.
The atmosphere is what you make of it. If seeking a quiet romantic dinner then this may not be the place for you but when dining or drinking with friends or work colleagues this is the perfect pick – even with a functions room upstairs. The decor is modern Australian with an Asian/African twist – it’s actually quite eclectic.
Now I’ve filled you in on where to eat, it’s time to discuss what to wear and for this post I opted for casual chic. I’m obsessed with boyfriend jeans – especially when they’re distressed. My grandfather calls it the hobo look but teamed with heels or mules and a statement neckpiece and casual tee this look is ideal for a day/night in the city dining with friends. I also can’t get enough of the monochrome look but being Livvy May I always need a pop of colour which is why a bold lip in bright pink and gold chain adds a burst of colour or pop to the monochrome look.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this distressed jean look and whether you’ll be rocking the boyfriend jeans on balmy summer nights in the city? Until next time, lotsa love, LM X x