Gardel's Bar and Porteno on my trip to Sydney. Gardel's is located upstairs from Porteno, an Argentinean Grill located in Surry Hills. I came upon it one night after a few drinks at Tio's. It was nice walk and we were greeted with smiles as we approached the bar. The GM, Michael warmed us up with a highball cocktail called Corn N' Oil. It had Appleton VX Rum, housemade Falernum, some Angostura Bitters and fresh lime. It sure got our taste buds going as we surveyed the Bar Menu for a snack. It was a great sneak peak of Porteno's kitchen.
I did have a chance to experience Porteno on a date a few days later. I was with a very handsome lad who had met up with me at my favorite bar called Vasco down the block and across the street. We checked in for our reservation a bit early, so I could introduce him to my mate Michael upstairs at Gardel's. We had a drink before the hostess scooped us up and sat us downstairs in the main dining room. It was the perfect setting and my company was easy to look at as we perused the menu.