Mr Tipply’s - CBD (Sydney)

Like its top hat-sporting logo, Mr Tipply’s is a dapper place. From its minimal, modernised cigar lounge feel to its thoughtfully varied menu the new restaurant comes off surprisingly suave and very satisfying.

Perched above Kent St in the CBD, Tipply’s offers quality, affordable dishes with plenty of character and attention to detail. Like its slightly eccentric furnishings - the scuffed, mirror surface tables were fun, even when we were caught mid-reflection selfie by the waiter – the food offers an intriguing mix of styles and flavours.

Our starters - tempura rock shrimp ($19) and ‘Kung Pao’ chicken popcorn ($19) - were so more-ish that we could have polished them off and been satisfied. I dare you to try the juicy shrimp with its fantastic chilli mayo sauce and not devour the whole basket. Feeling a little surf-n-turf we tried the prosciutto-wrapped seared scallops as well ($21); a delicious, lighter alternative.

Tipply’s has a solid cocktail list and we enjoyed a refreshing lychee mojito ($15) and a Belvedere sour ($15) - an interesting and very tasty vodka twist on the classic whiskey sour. We also indulged our sweet tooth with a delicious Hennessey berry ($21).

The mains menu features some pub classics but it was the twists that made them stand above the usual fare. The snapper fillet with asparagus and spiced chickpeas ($24) was perhaps the most straightforward but expertly cooked with Moroccan spices and crispy skin.

The Mongolian lamb cutlets ($24) were tender and falling off the bone and really accentuated by the creamy mint and coriander vinaigrette. It was the 500gm T-bone steak ($35), cut from the bone and cooked rare, that was Tipply’s piece-de-resistance though. As if being deliciously tender, juicy and lightly seared wasn’t enough the Asian black pepper and black bean butter sauces were revelations. When you’re seriously considering drinking the rest of a ramekin of sauce you know you’ve stumbled onto something good.

The salads were delicious, the cold poached chicken breast with coconut dressing ($18) and the garlic prawns with soba noodles ($18) in particular refreshing sides next to the richer flavours of the mains. Both would be more than satisfying as meals on their own.

Whoever Mr Tipply is it seems he’s stumbled upon the secret of deliciousness. Does he have a lab somewhere where he concocts his delicious sauces? Who knows. But traipse down to Tipply’s when you’re in the city next and enjoy his tasty brand of hospitality.

Mr Tipply's

Address: 347 Kent St, Sydney
Contact: (02) 9299 4877