Hidden down a street-art adorned alleyway in Sydney’s Chippendale, Zigi’s Art, Wine and Cheese Bar is a sparkly gem.
Run by Israeli chef Zigi Ozeri, Zigi’s has three strands to the business. At the front of the building, there is a cooking school where Zigi teaches groups the fine art of molecular gastronomy, sous vide cooking techniques, traditional Middle Eastern and Zigi’s very own ‘Ausraeli’ dishes.
In the middle of the building is the bar with it’s weird and wonderful housemade offerings including beetroot and pomegranate ciders, as well as wine list that will make wine lovers weep with joy. There is not a single boring, mass-produced wine on the list; it’s an internationally sourced collection that showcases the best regional varietals from tiny operations.
Then there’s the food. Choose from one of Zigi’s legendary banquets with standout dishes including 72-hour pork belly, falafel prawns and macha and white chocolate truffles. Zigi’s other passion is cheese and the mega-list of cheeses from all over the world reflects this.
The décor is a moody, eclectic mix of street art, booths and timber floors.
The venue holds 60 people seated downstairs and has two separate function spaces upstairs including a private dining room for 12 people and a function space for 30 sit-down or 50 stand-up.
Zigi’s Art, Wine and Cheese is located at 86 Abercrombie St, Chippendale NSW.