Before we flied away from Sydney, we decided to try something local and chose Yulli’s.
It’s located in an area where a lot of restaurants and bars were opening until late, and seemed to be very popular among locals. Unfortunately we didn’t book table, so we weren’t able to sit outside during the hot weather, instead we got a small table close to the entrance to the kitchen, which was quite noisy. So we advise booking ahead if you want a nicer table.
The restaurant and bar has a red theme with quirky wire decoration in the ceiling. Tables are made from wooden boxes and a piece of glass top. They have a few tables outside the restaurant, as well as a few in the back alley. Through a narrow stair you can climb to the second floor, which is more bar-like and has many couches instead. The atmosphere was bustling and noisy. The service were quite friendly and cordial.
We were presented with a vegetarian menu with a lot of vegan options when requested. We ordered this Eryngii mushrooms (King oyster mushrooms) and vegetable skewers with Malaysian Satay sauce on shiso and baby cos leaves (romaine lettuce). The vegetables were slightly grilled, but the Satay sauce was a bit disappointing as we expected something richer. In my opinion it was a bit too bland on the taste and too thin over the top. However I did like the shiso leaves mixed in the vegetables, which made the whole skewers taste better.
The other dish we ordered was papaya and Asian herbs salad with toasted peanuts, served with some deep-fried tofu. The tofu chunks were quite good, crunchy crust with soft inside, although the tofu itself didn’t have any taste, we had to ask for salt and pepper to make it taste better. The papaya salad was quite good, a bit sweet and sour with slightly spicy taste from chili, full of fresh flavor of lime, paired with crunchy peanuts．It was perfect.
We would love to try some dessert, but it was way too noisy for us, and the small space around the box made table made our legs quite sore, so we left sooner than we had wanted. As a whole I think it’s an ok experience. If you’re into something local and bustling bar restaurant scenes, this could be a perfect spot for you to catch something based on local ingredients and Australian style fusion cuisine. Just don’t forget to book a nice table!
ADD: 417 Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW, 2010
Phone: (02) 9319 6609
Check their website for opening hours: http://yullis.com.au/