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Tequila on York
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A hidden tequila restaurant and bar is popping up in the CBD next week

The secret knock is actually a phone number that grants you access

Written by
Emily Lloyd-Tait

Tequila Mockingbird is both a Latin American restaurant and bar in a Paddington Terrace, and a front runner for the best pun-based venue name in Sydney (Fleetwood Macchiato is also up there). And now they are expanding into the heart of the city with a month-long pop-up restaurant called Tequila on York. Kicking off on Wednesday, Sep 2, and running until Friday, Oct 9, they're offering a four course set menu featuring eight different dishes for lunch and dinner, but this is no walk-in affair.

They've taken over an old printing shop in the city and you need to call on arrival to gain access to your table. It's kind of like a secret society, only instead of hazing you're getting snacks, tequila and mezcal, which is a much better deal. Chef John Frid will be stretching his creative muscles at the new venue, plating up elaborate snacks like Hiramasa kingfish ceviche with watermelon sorbet, chile verde, eschalot, sea bananas and plantain frito; or spinach queso tamales with sheep milk feta, rajas poblanas, corn veloute, and pistachio.

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