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LotForty Launches The Sangria Club!

January 31st, 2011

On the 25th January, Sydney’s socialites including Shelly Horton, gorgeous Bianca Venuti, James Duffell, Chloe Duffell (Sabatini), Daniel Sofo (Firefly), amazing Elle Halliwell (The Insider) and many more, gathered in Darlinghurst to celebrate the launch of Lotforty Tapas Restaurant’s “Sangria Club”, sponsored by Square One Organic Vodka & Jed Wines.

“Sangria Club” allows locals to enjoy jugs of sangria for $10 or two tapas plates and a jug of sangria for $30 every Wednesday & Thursday from 5pm-11pm. Ladies and gentlemen, adorned with Spanish fans, mingled over icy jugs of red wine sangria and drooled over the refreshing white wine sangria while the live Spanish guitarist’s smooth tunes surrounded the courtyard, creating a truly festive Spanish vibe .

Two lucky girls gave the piñatas (a chilli and guitar piñata) a good beating, only to be showered with prizes such as a voucher for Lotforty’s “Sangria Club” and fabulous Valentine’s Day bracelets from Santos Wish. The night was a success, and a great way to kick off the Australia Day Eve celebrations.

Head Into LotForty And Enjoy Great Tapas At The LotForty Sangria Club

December 16th, 2010

For a while now I’d been meaning to go to LotForty on Kings Lane, Darlinghurst.

Well finally I went, and enjoyed every moment of this modern Spanish tapas restaurant, with Australian and Asian influences.

Tucked away in it own little nook, it’s one of the only authentic Melbourne style hidden gems of it’s type in Sydney – and it’s what we really needed. The location and the site is a real pleaser. The rustic yet alternative interior set over 2 floors, the industrial forecourt yet with the inclusion of a settlers sandstone staircase from an era long gone. But this is only a small part of the journey.

Owned by Damien Healey who has a long standing history in bars and pubs in Sydney, Lotforty is the culmination of finding the right venue at the right time and launching a well thought out restaurant concept, resulting in a fresh and relaxed approach to dining.

It’s the food that people really come here for time and time again – now myself included, I’ve been here a couple of times!

The menus came over and I looked over the delicious list of tapas dishes. What to choose? They all sound great!

Chef, Kelly has created a menu that was inspired by her experiences in traditional Italian kitchens and her international travels.

So my lovely friend and I chose a range of dishes, because they all sounded so great! Crumbed mixed mushrooms with warm cream of mascarpone topped with Gorgonzola crumble & roasted walnuts, Vegetable & haloumi skewers drizzled with marjoram vinaigrette, Oven baked chilli jam duck crepe with broccolini and tamarind plum sauce (pictured beside), topped with crispy eschalots, Fried pumpkin ricotta balls finished with cream of spinach and one of my favourites – the shallow fried baby squid tossed with lemon sea salt and chilli flakes. Absolutely to die for!

I must make special mention… The mixed fried mushroom dish and duck crepes are a MUST! I’m constantly craving them!

Now tapas dishes are generally smallish, and not a great portion, but one thing I immediately realised when our dishes came out was the portion sizes. They are like large entrees which I was very impressed with.

All of this food can’t just be washed down with Mineral water. It’s all about the Sangria at LotForty. Delicious! Be sure to grab yourself a jug (or 2) made with fresh ingredients and a generous portion of Square One Organic Vodka. Their Sangria compliments our perfect weather Sydney has been having of late. There is also a full wine list, as well as a yummy cocktail list which one day, I will make my way through! The most popular cocktails include the ‘Swedish Passion’ – a blend of fresh passion fruit pulp, caramel, apple juice and Swedish made vanilla vodka and the ‘Chambord Margarita’– Tequila and Chambord with infused sugar syrup shaken over crushed ice.

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So do yourself a favour, head to Darlinghurst, get comfortable, kick back and relax with great food, great friends, Sangria and chilled out Spanish tunes – I have no doubt you will thank me.

Pros: Location location location, ambiance, relaxed, away from hustle and bustle, awesome food, great Sangria, friendly staff.

Cons: Not to much to say… I’m pretty pleased all round!

Pricing: From $7.50 to $16 for Tapas which I think is really well priced for what you get. Desserts are $12, Cocktails $15 and Sangria $20. Great prices indeed!

Final say: Great restaurant all round. Well priced, great food, hospitable staff, great location and feel. Very happy and definately coming back again, and again, and again!

40 Kings Lane, Darlinghurst – www.lotforty.com – (02) 9389 2728