Braddon has no shortage of fantastic food options, and Eightysix is right up the top of my list of restaurants to get a couple of share plates and drinks. Bookings are recommended, as the restaurant tends to be busy, even during weeknights.
The menu is truly modern Australian; ranging from asian influences to a handful of pasta dishes, and everything else in-between.
The food starts coming out fairly quickly; the duck buns with hoisin and cucumber arrive alongside our cocktails. The buns are like peking duck pancakes but instead of a pancake, the filling is encased in a soft and pillowy bao.
The tomato, mezcal and kingfish ceviche is zingy and very appetising. The creamy chunks of avocado are a welcome addition too.
For mains, I can't go past the tempting pasta and risotto dishes. The first dish is a pumpkin and mascarpone tortellini and it's amazing, definitely my favourite dish of the night. My only gripe is the tiny portion, which means having to slowly savour each mouthful - you think they could throw in a couple of extra tortellini for a $20 dish.
The smoked beetroot and tarragon risotto is also very good, with a nice strong smokey flavour, topped with walnuts and fetta for good measure.
The caramel popcorn sundae is the signature dessert dish with ice cream, chunks of brittle, peanuts and generous drizzles of caramel. It starts getting a bit too sweet toward the end, so I'm relieved that we just ordered the sundae to share between two.