We get asked this question alot and the answer is always the same: Sean's Panaroma in Bondi.
The setting, the interior, the friendly, familiar faces working the floor so well. And of course the food. Each dish is hearty, generous and simple in it's delivery and in the way that the produce speaks for itself without needing to be tricked-up or reinterpreted.
My last visit was in early January. A wet Sunday afternoon went by the window as we sat indoors out of the rain. While the food is always special, being able to take a few bottles from the cellar is often the biggest drawcard for me, personally.
On this day we opened with an Egly-Ouriet Rose NV which looked great, and a far cry from many other rose Champagnes which can be simply 'strawberries and cream' in flavour with soft edges and generous dosages. Egly, rather, is chiselled, taut and long showing pomegranite, blood orange and rose petal. Delicious.
We then moved on to a 2017 Bourgogne Rouge from Cecile Tremblay. Very much a super-star producer, Tremblay's Bourgogne Rouge drank more like a village (or even 1er cru!) wine in my eyes. A very exciting wine drinking well above its appelation and justifying the reputation (and perhaps the prices) that her wines now carry.
If you're yet to visit Sean's or if you're overdue a visit, perhaps this post can spur you in to action. Take it from me: it's as good as ever.