Inside Gildas, Lennox Hastie’s new Surry Hills wine bar

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Lennox Hastie of Firedoor fame has opened a new venture in Surry Hills that’s sure to become a fast favourite. Why? Besides his stellar reputation on the foodie scene, Gildas is simply the perfect neighbourhood wine bar,

Inspired by Hastie’s time in the Basque region of Spain, Gildas brings a touch of elegance to the concept of pintxos (meaning snacks in Spanish) with an elevated menu featuring small dishes that pay homage to the ingredients of the original pintxo; a guindilla pepper, an olive, and an anchovy. You’ll find plenty of locally sourced ingredients on the menu too as is Hastie’s ethos of finding the best a region has to offer. A standout is the pintxo Matilda, featuring finger lime and delicately sliced kangaroo. Offering seasonal produce, the menu will be ever changing, but trust that a staple will be the world renowned hams of Spain. The jamon Iberico melts in your mouth!

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Of course pintxos aren’t just about the food, the Basque tradition is also about locals gathering to tell stories and enjoy a drink, and suffice to say the wine and sherry selections have a lot to say. With over 10 sherrys to choose from, you can spend your evening tasting just those and pair them with dishes containing sherry notes and flavours. If you’d prefer to try it all however, the wine menu is a Spanish wine lovers dream. Featuring varieties less common in Australia, it’s a feast for the tastebuds with a knowledgeable sommelier on staff to guide you through, and we walked away with a few new items to hunt down for the wine fridge.

Perhaps one of the best things about Gildas though is their desire to cement locals at the centre. While Firedoor is booked out months in advance, Gildas will be accepting bookings as well as holding spaces every night for walk-ins only. This way you can always pop in for a snack and tipple after work, be warned though, the community vibe is strong and you may not want to leave after just one!