Kittyhawk, the latest venue from the team behind The Lobo Plantation, is finally bombs away. Located in the CBD, this French military-inspired bar serves up custom cocktails and Parisian street food so good they deserve a freakin' medal.
Taking its name from a US fighter jet, Kittyhawk takes you back to the historic French liberation, when US and French troops celebrated liberté, egalité and fraternité on the streets of Paris. Inside this little time capsule on Phillips Lane, you'll find walls decorated with original wartime posters and memorabilia, while an impressive 12-metre-long handcrafted American oak bar serves over 900 spirits. Yep, you guessed it — it's time to party like its 1944.
The menu/airplane manual, designated for "official use only" lists a range of top secret bevvies, which are accompanied by handy engineering-style illustrations. We try the Polynesian Pearl Diver, a muddle of rum, orange, lime and coconut lemon butter, garnished with a dehydrated lemon wheel and a cute little scuba diver ($19) and it's just dandy. Keep an eye on your drinks though — you don't want something this delicious falling into enemy hands.
For something a bit out of the ordinary, try the Nose Art ($19), a ceramic pot plant filled with a lemony, pine needle cocktail. It tastes a lot less like bathroom disinfectant than you might expect. Instead, it's more reminiscent of an early morning walk through a French pine forest. It's a breath of fresh air and you won't find anything else like it in Sydney.
As for the red cocktail all the ladies are holding, that's the Beets by Dre, which is, quite literally, a beetroot cocktail made by Andre behind the bar ($19). If you've ever tried a beetroot chocolate cake, you'll know how versatile, sweet and delicious this underrated red veg can be. We say, be game and give it a go.
When it comes to the food, expect to be hit by some serious flavour bombs. Head Chef Jason Wright is also formally trained in pastry, so get ready for buttery, melt-in-your-mouth pastries and fluffy French bread that breaks like a cloud. The Parisian street food menu includes French onion soup sticks — Gruyère cheese pastry cigars dipped in a rich beef jus ($12) — along with garlicky Kinkawooka mussels in vol au vent casing ($12) and confit duck leg Scotch eggs with smoked aioli and pistachio crumbs ($18). Don't you dare have dinner before you come — and that's an order!
Perhaps most exciting of all, we've intercepted some intelligence which suggests a restaurant is underway upstairs. But for now…that information is classified.