There aren’t too many places where you can start a night with a beautiful dinner and end it by dancing in the open air to tunes spun by the DJ. Mrs Sippy is an all-in-one, ideal for long lunches, casual dinners and boogying the night away.
Owners, Ben May, Andrew and Kate Stanway and Angus Abrahams, have brought a little of LA to Double Bay through colourful geometric-graffiti walls, palms, bright Eames chairs, industrial steel tables and an all-weather courtyard.
Growing up in the eastern suburbs together, the team started their run of owning hotels at the Light Brigade Hotel in Woollahra in 1998 before moving to The London Hotel in Paddington in 2005. They sold The London this year, but kept Mrs Sippy and the Manly Wharf Hotel under their charge with plans in motion to open a Bali-based spin-off.
From the front, the space looks to be living up to its small bar tag, but a walk past the shaded tables reveals a much larger restaurant inside. Exposed brick walls, wooden floorboards and just touches of the bright colours in the form of retro green light fittings and vibrantly coloured chairs, can be seen from the outside.
Head Chef, Aiden Turner, is responsible for the seasonally changing, produce driven menu. He is focussed on sourcing the best Australia can offer; scotch fillet from Tasmania, kingfish and rock oysters from the New South Wales south coast and squid from the Hawkesbury. Fruit and vegetables come from a variety of local suppliers, ensuring what’s on your plate hasn’t got a passport.
There is a range of Mediterranean-inspired antipasti, including freshly shucked oysters with a mignonette sauce, and a selection of soft and hard cheeses. The charcuterie will excite any meat-eater, featuring San Daniele prosciutto (one item you want to be imported), smoked Angus beef bresaola, and chicken liver parfait with chamomile jelly.
Those with rumbling stomachs can try a pizza, complete with left-of-centre toppings like spicy chorizo, jalapenos and roast pumpkin or indulge in truffled mac ‘n’ cheese. Vegetarians won’t go hungry either. The garden section includes a number of hearty salads such as green beans with roast beetroot and goats’ curd and spiced mixed grains with labne, coriander and sumac.
When the food is done and dusted, liquid sustenance comes in the form of a delicious range of cocktails. It’s hard to beat the simplicity of fresh pressed juices mixed with small batch spirits. If cocktails aren’t your thing, red leather-bound books hold the comprehensive wine list that’s dominated by Australian varieties.
Mrs Sippy ticks all the boxes, providing the locals of Double Bay a place to wile away an afternoon with great food, great drinks and a chance to work everything off on the dance floor.