You might have missed the moving party for Surry Hills' newest resident, Fat Angel, a Mediterranean-inspired joint which quietly opened at the end of October. Sitting on Elizabeth Street, Fat Angel has all the hallmarks of an on-trend Sydney bar — exposed brick walls, plenty of dark wood tones and polished concrete floors — alongside huge porthole-like lights made from sawn-off rustic wine barrels.
The bar has a decidedly Mediterranean menu with share dishes like Greek lamb skewers with tzatziki, a mean-lookin' cheese plate, and a grilled seafood plate (thyme and lemon octopus, paprika marinated calamari and garlic prawns). But we're in Sydney, that means burgers found their way into this Mediterranean menu. Fat Angel does their own namesake burger, a delicious-sounding combination of bacon, beef, grilled onion, mayo and cheddar, alongside a grilled peri-peri chicken burger and a vege option. How about a side of rosemary polenta chips with that?
Of course, one of the best ways to judge a bar is by its signature drinks. Cocktails are a big player here; there's the cutely-named Pink Power (vodka, lychee liqueur, fresh raspberry and rose petal) and just in case you've forgotten what 'hood you're in, there's the Surry Hill Side (Sailor Jerry spiced rum, coconut water, coconut liqueur, lime and fresh pineapple juice). Rounding out the list is a selection of classic cocktails because negronis.
If you're not a mixed drinks person, there is a selection of imported beers and fine wines for you to choose from. Enjoy a Czech lager from the tap or pick from the modest wine menu, largely from Victoria and New Zealand.
Fat Angel is now open at 512 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills.