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“very enjoyable dining”
Review of Tastevin - CLOSED

Price range: $20 - $65
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Neighborhood: Darlinghurst
Description: Tastevin bistro and wine bar combines traditional French cuisine with a modern Australian twist, offering a relaxed dinning destination situated in the heart of Darlinghurst, Sydney. Classic bistro dishes are prepared with the best regional and seasonal produce and matched with a comprehensive and affordable selection of fine French, Australian and New Zealand wines. Tastevin restaurant is perfect for all manner of occasions and an ideal venue to hold functions and special events, whether it is a corporate lunch or an intimate dinner party.Tastevin's host and owner, Alex Bourdon, opened the restaurant in 2008 with his Australian wife, Natasha. Born and raised in France, Alex has over 20 years of professional experience in Paris, London & Sydney, ranging from Head Chef to Sommelier, Alex brings an authentic expertise and passion for sharing fresh, delicious food and wine to Tastevin.
Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
1,283 reviews
592 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 603 helpful votes
“very enjoyable dining”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

from the white linen covered tables, through the staff, wine and food, this is a lovely place to dine. A step up in price and quality from several nearby restaurants and in many respects keeping to the fine traditions of good restaurants. Daily specials were very enticing and both the duck liver pate starter and slow cooked lamb shoulder Moroccan style main were first class. From the regular menu, the gaspacho (with scallop and crab meat) and gnocchi a la parisienne with its flavoursome truffle mornay top, among the starters, were devoured with pleasure. And for duck lovers, a wonderful tasting meal awaits. Wine list by the glass or bottle offers plenty of choice locally and from overseas with some fairly priced quality french selections. If you can fit it in, don't miss dessert here. Throughout the night we were expertly attended to by friendly, efficient and knowledgeable waiters, the french accents adding to our experience. Ours was a casual night out with friends but the place also suits that special occasion or romantic dinner.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Emanpee
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  • English first
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
269 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Authentic French Bistro Experience”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Enjoyed dinner here recently with a very good friend. Began with fresh bread with salted butter and olive oil, marinated olives, saucisson artisanal de Jean Marc and cornichons - a delicious introduction to this fine bistro! My husband and our friend had lychee martinis and we all shared a lovely French cabernet merlot. For entree we shared the pork head terrine (a special for the evening), half a dozen oysters and the house smoked king salmon. For main I had the herb crusted lamb backstrap which was so tender and moist. My husband and our friend enjoyed the veal, another special for the evening. Dessert was the delectable flambéed Grand Marnier crêpes Suzette with vanilla ice cream which was prepared at the table and the raspberry creme brulee. Situated overlooking busy Victoria Street, you are blissfully unaware of the city outside. A five star dining experience!

Visited November 2012
2 Thank 29plymouth
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Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“simple, French chic bistro”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Love this place - it is ALL SO FRENCH

Great table service, simple menu, yummy foreign wine list and sweet sweet desserts.

Dark lighting that is very complimentary to the romantic mood of the room. Highly recommended for a first date, a date night and a chin wag with the girls. oh la la.

Visited August 2012
Thank Ullastudio
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Paris in Darlo”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

We have been to Tastevin on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed. The owner, Alex, is extremely charming and always makes us very welcome. The room itself is cosy, with windows looking over busy Victoria Street. Service is always professional, either by Alex or one of his French waiters. The wine list is comprehensive and includes some good value, very drinkable wines. Best of all, though, is the food which is always good - either from the menu or the daily specials. Tastevin is our own little bit of Paris in Darlinghurst - and we love it!

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank SydneyAussieboy
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Hobart, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Do yourself a favour”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

We haven't been at Alex's place for a year or so, and, fortunately, it has not changed. Well, the menu and the wine list have, but the ambience and the quality of the food certainly have not. After a glass of bubbles at the bar, we had the most delicious twice-cooked pork belly, matched with a lovely Beaujolais (Alex's suggestion). The panfried, crispy skinned, mulloway served on a cassoulet with lardons and soft pieces of squid was tasty and rich - comfort food. A glass of full bodied Pinot made it even better. And yes, I used some of the bread to mop up the last traces of the cassoulet. The other main, a duck leg confit with red abbage was outstanding. Unfortunately, I only got a fork full ... Pitty, we did not have room for dessert.

  • Visited August 2012
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3 Thank Sarcophilus_harrisii
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