Sunday, February 13, 2011
On the weekend, my partner and I had the rare opportunity to venture out while my mum babysat in order to celebrate our 9 year anniversary. We had tickets to a show at Enmore Theatre but we were on the lookout for somewhere new to try for drinks and an early dinner. On the strength of a recommendation in a recent Sydney Morning Herald article on vegetarian fine dining, we thought we'd give Yulli's Bar a try.
Yulli's is a small, boutique beer and wine bar with an exclusively vegetarian menu located opposite the Clock Hotel in Surry Hills. The draught beer and cider come from NSW microbreweries and the extensive wine list predominantly features NSW wineries. Being beer lovers at heart, we sampled many and particularly enjoyed the Wicked Elf Witbier from Little Brewing Company, Port Macquarie. The food was awesome! The menu consists of share platters and mains. We opted to share and found by the end of a few beers and four dishes, we were very full indeed! The mixed chip plate was a great partner to the delicious beer, featuring crunchy onion rings, taro, sweet potato, lotus root and beetroot chips as well as a variety of condiments (rosemary salt, mint raita and tomato sauce - I am a sucker for condiments). One of the specials of the day that we thoroughly enjoyed was shitake mushroom wontons with a spicy plum sauce. We also devoured panfried haloumi and steamed leek and ginger dumplings. The food was beautifully presented and the service was very friendly and fast.
Perhaps it was the beer, the food and the love of a good man with whom I was celebrating a relationship milestone that rendered me misty-eyed and full of gratitude as we left Yulli's that evening. I know that a big part of that feeling came from realising I had found a place that really spoke to my sense of self: the beer-loving vegetarian.
Here's their lunch and dinner menu.
Oh, and Lloyd Cole was great too!