Who can resist a tropical tipple served in a novelty ceramic tiki mug?
The Cliff Dive in Darlinghurst has recently launched Yurippi, an underground tuck shop which offers a more relaxed lounge vibe for a early evening catch up and a cocktail or two.
There's an extensive cocktail list, created by Michael Chiem (ex Sokyo, Black & Bulletin Place) who is the creative drinks director. It's a tough task choosing from the menu as all the cocktails sound tempting!
These colourful garlic crackers are dangerously addictive and a welcome distraction to our drink indecisiveness.
The Cliff Dive's pina colada is impressive served in a impeccably hollowed out pineapple; it is served with Bacardi, 151, coconut salted pineapple and chinese five spice.
Random tangent - Every time I think of pina coladas, the 70's song by Rupert Holmes often pops in my head "If you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain..." ♪♪
Don the Beachcomber's Zombie
Bacardi, Appleton Falernum, Pernod Grenadine & citrus. The cinnamon dusted slice of orange on the top adds a lovely fragrant touch.
I adore the cocktails here; well crafted, with good quality, balanced flavours, and the custom-made ceramic tiki mugs are very cute!
Yurippi is all about street food with a South East Asian island touch. Chef Honky has been inspired by his time frequenting yakitori bars in Japan, and wanted to bring the skewers concept back to Australia.
The Hungry Honky
This neat little platter of goodies include: one of each skewer, pickled vegies and coconut pandan rice.
To complement the drinks served at The Cliff Dive, Honky worked with his network of Sydney chefs on a menu that incorporates the sweet, sour, and spicy, flavours of South East Asian food. With ingredients sourced from local Thai grocers, each skewer has its own unique marinade.
The skewers can be ordered individually ($3 each) and the choices consist of:
Beef - Wild ginger with caramelised sweet soy
Pork - Turmeric & lemongrass, with sweet tamarind sauce
Chicken - Lemongrass with peanut satay sauce
Octopus - Chilli & ginger, with homemade sweet chilli
Tofu - Chilli & tamarind, with som tom sauce
House-pickled vegetables and the fragrant rice are a welcome addition to make the skewers into something more substantial.
If cocktails aren't your thing, there are 40 rare rums imported from the UK. There are also beers available; from light island lager all the way to thick creamy dark beers. The wine list is focused and international, hopping from China to Spain and back, all available by the glass.
It’s a great place to catch up with friends (or take date), feast on skewers and have some delicious tiki cocktails.
The Cliff Dive is open Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm and take non-exclusive bookings in the booths for groups of 10+
missklicious & +1 dined as guests of The Cliff Dive, thanks to Hill+Knowlton Strategies.