THE TRAMSHEDS, 1 DALGAL WAY, FOREST LODGE 8624 3133; BODEGA1904.COM
It’s hard to pass up a front-row seat at one of the diner-style spearmint stools at the bar to watch chef Joel Humphreys on the pans. From here, inside the revamped tramsheds of Forest Lodge, one can do some proper dish spotting.
Befitting of yet another restaurant owned by power trio Elvis Abrahanowicz, Ben Milgate and Joseph Valore (Bodega, Porteño and Wyno), there’s an extensive tapas list spanning iterations on much-loved Bodega classics – think pickled green tomatoes, butterflied king prawn with smoky capsicum butter and rosemary, and butter and bran buns stuffed with crab, avocado and a fried potato scallop.
The wine list is mostly Aussie and Spanish, and absolutely excellent, and you can pop in to the glass-walled, climate-controlled wine store and pick up a bottle to take home.
Every single dish that comes out of the kitchen is immaculate. There are no mistakes, no dish disappointments, and nothing is dull.
■ Must-eat dish Charcoal grilled octopus, romesco sauce, roast leek
■ Cuisine Latin
■ Chef Joel Humphreys
■ Price $$$
■ Bookings Yes
■ Open Lunch & Dinner daily
■ Instagram @bodega1904