About three years ago if you asked residents of Forest Lodge or Glebe for their thoughts on the proposed Harold Park development they would have had a lot to say. There was substantial resistance and in particular to the repurposing of the historic Tramsheds which house Bodega 1904 but boy were these people wrong.
For several decades the heritage listed Tram depot lay dormant but in 2016 the space reopened and it is now a leading food destination.
We popped down to experience Bodega 1904 for its Latin American/ Spanish inspired tapas. Bodega is part of the Porteno family, originally making it’s mark in Surry Hills more than a decade ago. Further cementing their outstanding reputation Joe Valore and his team can now add Bodega 1904 to their illustrious list of Sydney restaurants.
The atmosphere at the tram sheds is very unique. It’s family friendly and the sense of community is strong amongst the restaurants and cafes.
Bodega holds centre stage and Keeping with the theme of a bygone era there a nostalgic nod with
the fitout. We also love its boutique wine shop, perfectly positioned between the bar and the more formal dining space.
Now lets just get to the food…
Ok, so we understand if you normally avoid bread but when you come here the bread is a must. The crusty sourdough is made in-house as is the flavoursome cultured butter and we are telling you for the bread alone we’d come back in a second.
You also must try the spanner crab butter and bran bun. The soft pillowy bun is made by the neighbouring bakery Dust and these delightful mini burgers are incredibly Moorish. Dripping and oozing their deliciousness with every bite it’s unfortunately over before you know it but we guarantee you will leave the tramsheds still thinking about this little beauty as you tuck yourself in for the night.
Margarita also tried the cold cuts of which she preferred the smooth and creamy Mortadella over the flavoursome and bitey Brescola although deemed both very good.
We were quaffing down the Bodega Reisling sourced from Clare Valley, which was a nice selection from the wine list offering a mix of Australian and mostly Spanish wines.
Angela tried the butterflied king prawns and they too are well received. The smokey capsicum butter is a little oily so a generous squeeze of lemon would have lifted this dish and again we’d say the same for the asparagus and burnt butter. The bright green spears are smeared with the deep flavours of a black bean harissa. It’s shame the bread was already gobbled down as slurping up the remnants with a hunk of crust would of be something quite spectacular.
Outfit guides for Bodega kind of depends if your there night or day… There’s definitely a hipster vibe at the tramsheds but we’d recommend a fab dress or even rock your fav jeans and blazer with a killer heal.