My favourite type of nightspots are the ones that have delectable cocktails and mouthwatering menus. It has to have both and not just one without the other.
Tapas and cocktails
I love Low 302 'cause not only does it satisfy my 'favourite nightspot' criteria, but it also has an amazing line-up of bands and some very cozy lounges.
Tonight, I'm here with Winnie who talks delightfully of her new life in China. She's been working overseas for a few years now and vividly tells me that her breakfast is often bought from a hole in the wall -literally. As I begin to image this whole new world of hole-in-the-wall eateries, I'm hit with a sensory overload of deliciousness. Fresh deep-fried breadsticks, just wrapped dumplings...
These thoughts soon fade as our parade of tapas and cocktails are served.
My El Prata cocktail ($16) is a mix of orange marmalade, passionfruit and lime juice shaken with Aperol and Pisco, served short. Awesomeness is the only word I can use to describe it (sorry -been watching too much of How I Met Your Mother!).
The tapas range from $7 - 22 and are available both day and night. There are also seasonal specials which means there's no excuse for not visiting Low 302 week after week.
I can't decide between having the oysters au naturale or with ginger beer jelly so opt to have one of each. The ginger beer jelly is subtle in taste and adds to the oyster's plump natural creamyness.
Freshly shucked oysters with lime or ginger beer jelly (4 pieces for $16)
The zucchini flowers ($14) are stuffed with three cheeses and served with an intensely aromatic stringy bark honey. One of the specials today was a smoked salmon dip with Lavosh bread. It is a combination that is irresistable. We also have the chargrilled baby octopus ($14) with sticky balsamic dressed and seafood risotto balls (arancini, 4 pieces for $12) which are a divine snack -crunchy seasoned crumbs encase a mouthful of creamy risotto. Yum!
More tapas: zucchini flowers, arancini balls, smoked salmon dip
It was cute seeing the different shaped tapa plates piece together on our table like a puzzle that was meant to be together.
I've never said no to churros ($11) before and continue the pattern here. However, the dipping sauce is runny like a hot chocolate so we end up eating the cinnamon and sugar encrusted churros by itself. They're finger-burning hot but clearly not enough to share between two.
Another round of churros and cocktails anyone?
Churros with chocolate dipping sauce
302 Crown Street, Darlinghurst / Surry Hills
Phone: (02) 9368 1548