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Published May 16th 2013
Unearth the herbaceous cocktails and tantalising tapas
If not for the glowing beacon guiding us to our destination, we might not have even known it was there. Sneakily tucked away in the basement of the APA building, we're met with a staircase leading us down into the depths of The Spice Cellar. Enticing you to make the journey down are the warmly-lit nooks in the wall spilling over with exotic decoration, accompanied by mellifluous tones sweet-talking us ever closer.
It becomes all too clear that the atmosphere The Spice Cellar creates is nothing short of heavenly despite it being closer to the Netherworld in its basement dwelling.
Through extensive globe-trotting, partners Rebecca Alder and Murat Kilic, cultivated a passion for the late night lifestyle embraced around the world. With such an obvious lack of such in Sydney, they unleashed their vision of encompassing late night drinking, dining and entertainment in the form of The Spice Cellar.
The Spice Cellar is the culmination of the global inspiration derived from the nightclubs in Berlin, tapas eateries in Barcelona and cocktail bars in Ibiza. A flawless fusion of forward-thinking electronic beats, mixology, food, street art, fashion and design make The Spice Cellar entirely unique and the pioneer for the future of Sydney nightlife. Tuesday to Friday it offers late night dining from their innovative tapas menu between 4pm and 12am, then making the smooth transition into club for the weekend.
A strong focus on musical entertainment and supporting local acts is high priority. Whether it be live guests such as The Myall High Club and Jake Meadows or exquisitely styled beats expertly crafted by international and local DJ's alike. With owner Murat Kilic an internationally known and respected DJ in his own right, you know you'll be getting only the most finely selected acts here. You can catch the live acts on Thursday nights from 7pm till late.
The kitchen dazzling with the chef's decor choices
First to catch the eye is the bountiful bar lined with stools, adorned with fern baskets and pendulous orbs of light. Bold wine barrels and cushy yet undeniably stylish armchairs fill out the floor. For those nestling in for the night there are plenty of cosy corners to get acquainted with. Bench seating strides down the wall to accommodate the serious eaters providing a more traditional noshing space. Naturally the walls aren't left bare here, artwork by Anthony Lister caresses the concrete with punch and perfection. A piano in one corner and a bustling, eccentrically decked out kitchen in the other add the final touches to the ambience.
Oven baked mushroom, pecan & brown rice mini barrels with pecan brittle & horseradish spiced yoghurt
For those said serious noshers such as myself, we were thrilled with the aromas circulating around the room. Dan Brown (ex chef at Rum Diaries) crafts his magic on the plates creating works of art that are as equally exciting to the eye as they are to the palate. The philosophy of the Spaniards "eat while you drink, drink while you eat" is in full swing here, with a dizzying array of expertly concocted cocktails to accompany your flavoursome tapas.
A degustation menu is available at $55 per person to take the hard work out of selecting which dishes to try, accompanied by matching drinks. The "Wine and Dine" deal is also perfect for dates or mates, offering 3 tapas dishes and 2 wines for $35. After work drinks are also taken care of with 2 for 1 cocktails running between 5pm and 7pm on weeknights
Ginger, cinnamon, blueberry & pumpkin loaf with lime creme chantilly
All the cocktails are inspired by and named after classic songs, further expressing the love of music felt all around. Herbaceous and simmering with spice, only the finest and freshest ingredients are used in every cocktail, each hitting the high notes of the song they are inspired by.
The scents of spices abound, the beats pulse and the artwork pops. There is everything to love about The Spice Cellar; sumptuous food, dreamy cocktails, attentive, friendly and efficient staff as well as all the visual delights to fully absorb you into its blissful cocoon.