One trend I’ve noticed is that the less signage a bar has, the more popular it seems to be. Love Tilly Devine, Ching-a-lings and Shady Pines Saloon have all worked this well and now there’s 10 William Street.
Run by the people behind Fratelli Paradiso, this is a wine bar in a converted storefront that serves Italian-style food. The feel is stripped down and simple – there are small tables up the front, white walls, naked bulbs, chalkboards with specials on them, a counter you can perch at and white tiles behind the bar with black texta marks on them. Even though it’s a weeknight the narrow space has already filled up and my drinking companion for the night (Ms Darlinghurst) and I only just manage to squeeze in at the counter.
Jazz is playing on the sound system and there’s a friendly vibe here – despite being busy, the bartender is not only happy to recommend an Italian red for us but also offers us a taste beforehand.
Even though the owners obviously have a food pedigree, both Ms D and I somehow made the mistake of assuming this would be more of a drinking den than a restaurant and so we ate beforehand – something we bitterly regret when we start smelling the food everyone else here is eating (I suspect the cannelloni and char-grilled king prawns will especially taunt me). As such I’m only calling this a micro review since I have to come back again to try their meals.
There’s also an intimate upstairs area that’s probably best described as an alcove and a small balcony overlooking the Paddington Inn across the road.
And … that’s it for now – but if you manage to eat at 10 William Street before I do, feel free to leave a comment below.
10 William Street, Paddington. Phone 9360 3310
Now it’s your turn – how do you rate 10 William Street?