What could be better than great food, great wine, hip-hop tunes that create a buzzing atmosphere, topped off in a stylish, intimate environment? We’ve found a place that ticks all of those boxes and it’s none other than Big Poppa’s in Darlinghurst!
Delighting Sydneysiders since 2016, Lewis Jaffrey (ex-Shady Pines & The Baxter Inn) and Jared Merlino (Lobo Plantation) were on a mission to create a great place for people to enjoy, enlisting the help of Liam O’Driscoll and Jase Barron (both ex-Pendolino & Glebe Street Diner) to preside over a mostly Italian restaurant on street level.
Walking through the door, the atmosphere is buzzing and we instantly felt excited to be there. We started off with a pre-dinner cocktail downstairs at the underground bar that is more dimmly lit than the the restaurant upstairs with leather booths and velvety carpet, making it a great place to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or post dinner night cap, or if you’re not dining in the restaurant, the bar is a great spot for a night out with friends or a romantic date. The cocktail menu is creative with a twist, especially with the names paying homage to hip-hop legends such as Childish Mandarino (bombay dry, green chartreuse, balter xpa, mandarin, lemon) and Peadiddy (bacardi oro, snap pea, lemon, whites).
Following our aperitifs, we headed upstairs to a cosy table near the bar for dinner. Starting with the Burrata with heirloom tomatoes, fig vino cotto, toasted farrow, smoked salt & baby basil, the Jerusalem artichokes with broccolini, parmigiano, lemon, chives & parsley and the Calamari with chilli, garlic, parsley aioli and lemon, we were thoroughly impressed. Everything was just right.
For main, we shared the hand-cut pappardelle flavoured with a lamb shoulder ragu that was devine with a hint of lemon tartness, and also the Cacio e pepe spaghetti with pepper, parmigiano and pecorino and we were in cheese heaven. Matched with some delectable wine that was reasonably priced, we loved everything. To finish, it would have been rude not to sample some of the many cheeses Big Poppa’s offers. With a curated range of soft, hard, semi-soft, semi-hard and blue cheese, you are sure to find a cheese that tantalises your tastebuds.
A key stand out for us at Big Poppa’s also was the fantastic service. The wait staff were casually efficient, personable, knowledgable and never left us with an empty glass, so they just topped off our already fantastic experience.
We will undoubtably be back to enjoy all of the delights of Big Poppa’s and suggest you do the same.
Location: 96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst 2010.
Open: Open 7 days, 5pm-3am.
Images: Big Poppa’s