To-Go Takes is Resy’s regular feature wherein we quiz the folks behind some of our favourite restaurants and bars about all things related to takeaway.
In this edition, we speak to Bridget Raffal, the sommelier behind Where’s Nick — arguably Sydney’s most exciting wine bar — currently open for indoor dining, collection, and delivery (they also have a superb online wine store). Below, she shares some of her favourite takeout tips, tricks, tipples, and regular stops.
Restaurant: Where’s Nick
Name + Title: Bridget Raffal, Sommelier
You’re doing some brilliant wine deliveries via your online bottle shop. What’s your favourite bottle on the list at the moment?
Raffal: Sierra Reed’s White Heart Riesling. Perfect for summer drinking and goes with just about anything. Otherwise anything by Domaine de La Pinte in the Jura. Savoury, textural white from the Jura.
The bar and the team’s based in Marrickville. Where are you getting takeaway from and what are you ordering?
Marrickville has Vietnamese food sorted, so most days it’s the bún chả from VN Street Foods or the Bahn Cuon from bánh cuốn from Banh Cuon Ba Oanh — slippery rice noodles, grilled pork, lots of herbs and dipping sauce. On the days that we feel like something other than Vietnamese, it’s a kimchi toastie fromOna Coffee down the road.
Best tip to spruce up your takeaway?
Ask for extra chilli and fish sauce. On everything. All the time.
Aside from Where’s Nick, what’s your favourite place for wine and cocktails to go?
We often pop into Bucket Boys to grab a quick bottle for a BYO dinner next door. Annandale Cellars have a great selection. I don’t drink cocktails, just give me champagne please.
What single restaurant dish would you walk miles for?
Txuleta steak at Trinkete Borda just outside of San Sebastian. Done over coals, rare and blackened, served alongside tomato salad and padron peppers. The Holy Trinity, and all you’ll ever need in life. Otherwise Buon Ricordo’s fettuccine al tartufo, tossed at the table so that the truffle aromas waft up from the plate.
Thankfully, it’s al fresco season. Where are you going?
I love the terrace at Dear Sainte Eloise in the summer — such a great spot to settle in with a bottle and watch the world go by. A post-beach Sunday lunch at Sean’s is also top of the list.
Where’s Nick is open for indoor dining, takeaway and delivery. They also have an excellent online bottle shop. Order takeaway and delivery from them here.