Sixteen and another new bar on the North side

I was going to write a witty, scathing review of Sixteen. But you know what. I don’t feel like it’s really worth that much effort. So I’m going to write a lazy review of what I thought was just plain lazy food. It was absolutely pouring with rain the night the Boy and I went and I was drenched, but decided to be a trouper and still go out. We wanted somewhere a bit special and decided to treat ourselves to Restaurant 16, which was within minutes of his old apartment. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me, so the images are pretty poor quality, but I’m sure you can use your imagination:

Our wine order was forgotten, despite Sixteen being a tiny restaurant. The wine was pricey, just like the food. The only other people in the restaurant were strangely tourists. It wasn’t a welcoming environment, despite the intimate size of the restaurant.

The Boy ordered Pappardelle ($26) with beef/ pork ragu, ricotta, tomato and parmesan and I ordered the special pappardelle with crab ($38). Mine was light on crab and quite frankly a rip off. His was fine. Both were light on flavour. And the pasta was overcooked. Seriously. You just don’t overcook pasta. This is all I feel about writing about Sixteen. I was disappointed to say the least. You can’t get away with this these days. There’s just too many dining options. Gloupy is not a word I like to attach to the word pasta.

The highlight of the night was a cozy, new little bar within strolling distance: Honey Rider. Funky frames, artworks in the bathroom, upside down pot plants and a good wine list. They were doing their photo shoot the night we went there, but this was the sort of bar that I could imagine spending a night in (were I not soaked head to foot and needing to get out of wet clothes). We made a mental note to return again, but not to Sixteen. Finally more cute bars on the north side of the bridge. Honey Rider has a Surry Hills shabby chic aesthetic and that with it’s good wine list means it’s going to be the next big thing in the small bar scene.


Restaurant 16 on Urbanspoon

Honey Rider on Urbanspoon

2 Responses to “Sixteen and another new bar on the North side”
  1. Suzi Brad says:

    Finally somewhere that I want to drink on the nprth shore. I’m sick to death of hte too slick places available.

  2. Stephen says:

    Miss Feather must have been in a rotten mood the night she went to Restaurant 16 as EVERYONE else loves it.

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