Won't you take me to - Funky BAAAAR. Sorry, personal moment.
When Roxy and I went to the Enmore Theatre to see Elbow (it was INSANE), we met up beforehand for drinks and dinner. We walked a little way down King Street from the station, examining menus, until we reached the front of Funky Bar - the chilled vibe, crystal chandeliers, and the promise of a Hubba Bubba cocktail lured us in.
Our waitress was a bubbly girl wearing a short black dress and a top hat, and she led us to a small table in the middle of the bar, gave us menus, and told us to give her a wave when we were ready to order. I was struck by her buoyant yet professional attitude, and her ability to know exactly when we'd be needing her assistance - I'd barely looked up from the menu before she flounced over and asked what drink I'd like.
While we were waiting on our orders, I admired this kick-ass wallpaper which I hope to one day have in my bedroom.
Apparantly the Head Mixologist at Funky Bar, Preshanth Pillay, makes all of the syrups in house (and guards the recipes zealously), which I find extremely impressive. The Citrus Hubba Bubba actually tasted like the chewing gum from my childhood, except the extreme sweetness was countered by the contreau and gin in this drink.
Roxy and I then tried the Fairy Floss Martini, which we didn't find quite as interesting as the previous drink, but the sweet cotton candy flavour was definitely there - the taste of ethenol was simply stronger in this drink, and there wasn't as much contrast in flavour.
Roxy ordered the Atlantic Salmon, which was panfried to flaky perfection and served with an olive crust and vegetables, including fennel, spinach, and tomato.
In this dish, the arborio rice was perfectly cooked until soft, but with a slight bite, and was studded with zucchini, tomato, onion and spinach, and topped with parmesan. I didn't actually start out hungry at the beginning of our night, but you know I ate that all up :)
I'm going to be honest and say that I don't remember this cocktail, it was Roxy's and I was pretty tipsy, I don't remember what she said about it - my bad!
My espresso martini was an invigorating concoction of Bailey's, Kahlua, and (obviously) espresso. It was smooth going down, and was actually pretty reminiscent of a good iced coffee.
Funky Bar is a fantastic place for a Friday night after-work drink, and we would have stayed to see the band they had lined up at 8pm, but we had a prior engagement with Guy Garvey to attend. The food is divine, with a varied menu and many dishes designed to share, and the drinks are out of this world - not too expensive, but incredibly good quality.
256 King St
Phone: 02 9557 9755