Unlike in Barcelona’s El Born neighbourhood, you need not eat your tapas standing up while moving from bar to bar until the early morning hours. Instead, grab a waterside table with friends at Bórn by Tapavino and make a full meal out of small plates like melt-in-your-mouth jamón ibérico, Spanish cheeses and boquerones. Manchego churros ($12) turn what’s usually a dessert into four savoury bites that act as the perfect intro to a long, slow (read: Spanish-style) meal. Fried puff pastry is topped with shredded Manchego, crumbled chorizo and a drizzle of spicy mayo. You’ll easily forget you’re sitting a stone’s throw from Sydney’s CBD and not in Catalonia.
Cirrus translates to ‘a thin, wispy cloud that forms high in the sky’, which is an apt metaphor for a restaurant that creates light and delicate dishes, which are subtly superior to their classic origins. The smoked ocean trout parfait, for example, is aerated like a mousse and topped with a thin layer of jelly and crumbed fennel pollen. Its smokiness is mild and the fennel has a gentle perfume that’s paired with a soft herb green paste and salmon roe. The crisp wafers of toast have just enough structural integrity that you can forgo the cutlery and slice straight into the parfait like it’s a dessert.