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Table for 20

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
Food and words.
Published October 4th 2012
Eating at Table for 20 is like a dinner party with old friends, just with 'old friends' that you haven't met yet. Taking the long table dining idea even further, they don't just feed you, they invite you into their home and they entertain you.

Despite the name, Table for 20 is actually two tables each for about 20 people, but Two Tables for Around 40 just doesn't have the same ring to it. These line either side of the narrow restaurant, and it's along these tables that you'll meet your dining companions for the night. Book for two, book for four, book for seven; you'll still be seated at one of these tables, dining alongside strangers. By the end of the night expect to hear many stories, and make new friends.

There is a set 3 course menu that runs on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The food is simple food like pasta, roasts, and salads. It's the type of food you'd expect someone's Nonna to make, but it is seriously good. Food that is good for eating, and good for sharing. You share the plates with the people sitting around you; arms reach, elbow knock, and condiments are passed around the table. It's like the opening credits of Parenthood but without the family portraits and home videos.

Like any good dinner party, you can of course bring your own wine, the best bit is that there isn't any corkage. If your home wine cellar isn't that impressive, then don't worry, there's a good range of wine and other drinks available.

This is a dinner without foam, jelly, or 'spheres', but it's also not just a regular Sunday roast (or a regular Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday roast). The food comes from simple concepts, but is cooked with and served with passion.

There are a few groups of people who tend to miss out when it comes to set menus: vegetarians, vegans, and people with food allergies. If you have any specific dining concerns just give Table for 20 a call at least 2 days before you'll be dining.

A vegetarian meal

If you enjoy a drink or two, then you might also want to check out Sticky Bar. It's just upstairs, and even if you're not eating at Table for 20 you can enjoy some drinks. Their Roast Wednesdays are great value, at $15 for varying roasts and a glass or wine.

Surry Hills is an area filled with many restaurants. Some with a lot of charm, others with a lot pretentiousness. Table for 20 is something different.

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Why? It's unlike any other restaurant in Sydney
When: Wed, Thurs, Fri, & Sat for dinner
Phone: 0416 096 916
Where: 182 Campbell St, Surry Hills
Cost: Around $70 for a 3-Course Menu
Your Comment
Great article and photos. I am encouraged to get a small group together and try it, most likely when the Sydney weather cools down a little and when I feel like some comfort food.
by Carole Liivrand (score: 2|890) 3175 days ago
What a great concept!
by Mallory (score: 2|474) 2642 days ago
Definitely on the list for my next visit to Sydney.
by H. Clare Callow (score: 2|109) 2547 days ago
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