At the bottom of the GPO eating and drinking complex, after a couple of ‘cleansing ales’ I found myself and some friends feeling a little peckish. The Pizza we ruled out but found that a new Spanish restaurant had opened where Post used to be. We cheekily asked if they could fit the five of us in, as not a soul was in residence on the 20 plus tables on a Thursday night.
Luckily there was room at the inn. The attentive waitress helped us choose a range of Tapas and nice red Spanish wines. She even helped out with our obligatory ‘fussy eater’ who cannot eat onions, garlic etc to choose a dish that did not make her feel like crap in the morning. The waitress used to work in a North Sydney café and she had a pretty relaxed manner.
The restaurant is unattractively located in a quiet corner in the basement of the GPO, just across the way from the bar, but because of its location, so far doesn’t have much atmosphere. The space is nicely decorated with comfortable booths and tables set with quality linen, from our seats there’s nothing really to see beyond the large-screen TVs illuminating the bar next door.
The menu is long, with 22 tapas offerings and five or so mains. We decide to share, our waitress suggesting six tapas plates will be enough for four.
Down to the food – Spicy wild-hare meatballs in fresh tomato and wine sauce aren’t as adventurous as they sound. They’re good and rich, but the tomato and chilli over-rule the flavour of this long eared rabbit. Scallops were great and so was the wagyu tartare.
The Russian Roulette? That was the dish of sweet chillies we ate – apparently 1 in 10 had a heat rocket in it – we seemed to make it through unharmed though – and they were beautifully sweet.
The service is a bit quick and the meal, isn’t cheap. The lack of atmosphere is also a problem; not formal enough for a great culinary event but not relaxed enough for a bucket of sangria L
Chef Ben Pichon.
By Leighton Jenkins
the Jenkins Partnership pty ltd
M: 0412 799 899
P: 02 8011 4290
Postales Restaurant and Tapas Bar
Lower Ground, GPO, 1 Martin Place, Sydney
Phone: +61 2 9229 7744