Bibo – A little slice of Portugal on a side street in Double Bay.

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You know those sunny Sundays where you feel like a long lunch, pick at bits and bobs and sip on some great wine?  Bibo is the place you want to go.

Located in the fancy-schmancy Double Bay/Edgecliff, richer side of Sydney – down a quaint tree-lined side street – the vibe is very cool, chic and cozy.  From the front, you can watch the expensive sports cars drive by, and by god – we literally saw and heard the revs of a fair few fast cars that have no place being in suburban Sydney – what with our speed limits, traffic congestion and number of speed humps.

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The interior is awfully cozy with plenty of wood panelling together with wine bottles lining the walls.  My kind of wall.

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This places serves up some absolutely delicious Portuguese fare, which is all perfectly share-‘able’.  They also have a good wine list which features quite a few Portuguese wines not commonly found in stores.  We started off with a glass of:

Avesso, 2014 Casa de Vilacetinho, Vinho Verde, Portugal

Syrah/Touriga Nacional/Alfrocheiro, 2016 Cartuxa ‘EA’ Alentejano, Portugal

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Onto the fooooood…

Bacalhau croquette – Codfish croquettes.  More specifically dried and salted cod, which is abundant in Portugal apparently – and it’s delicious.  This gets me excited about our upcoming trip to Lisbon!

Sardine and squid ink beignet – Don’t be put off by the dark poo like object – cause it’s absolutely delicious.   A beignet is basically fried dough/fritter and although sardines aren’t our most favourite fish, this was so good – a soft pastry encasing a soft sardine with a light crisp fried squid ink dyed coasting.

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Tuna tartare – Light, fresh, slightly tart and sightly herbaceous.

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Beef Tartare + Horseradish + Beetroot – Not a fan of beetroot in a tartare, but I really enjoyed the beetroot crisp crunch against the tartare.

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Cured meat selection, pickles and THE BEST BREAD –  What’s a Sunday nibbly long lunch without some nibbly charcuterie, pickles and bread?

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And honestly, this is some of the best bread ever.  I could literally eat this bread on its own for days…#breadlove

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Flambé chorizo – This is a speciality at Bibo, and with our love for chorizo – this had to be ordered.  Soaked in sherry and set alight at the table, the sweetness of the sherry is miraculously infused into the charred chorizo.  Super yummy.

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Sweet Belem Portuguese tart – Another thing I’m looking forward to in Portugal – these little Portuguese egg tarts – super creamy, vanilla-ry egg custard in a crispy pastry shell.

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Bolo de bolacha – Literally translated to “biscuit cake” this is basically tiramisu taken to the next level.  Coffee, custard, biscuit-y layered cake.  This was amazeballs.

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Ahhhh…look at that goodness!

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PORT – White Port, NV Dalva, Oporto – How fitting, port in a Portuguese restaurant?  But my, my – my White Port paired with the Bolo de bolacha so effing well.  The dessert tones down the sugar in the port and out bursts a bouquet of flavours from dried fruit to grains.

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I can totally see Bibo as a place to have a bottle of wine with the girls, a place for a fancy date night or even a venue for a small celebration.  I’ll be back soon.  😉

This place is getting me excited about Lisbon in January!

Obrigado Bibo ❤

Love. Gark

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