Contrabando is a unique restaurant found in the heart of the Sydney CBD, taking its inspiration from the flavours and traditions of southern california, texas and latin america, with a subtle hint from our neighbours in the East.
Why “contrabando”? Well, its location is subterranean, and its frontage is covered in graffiti. Call it a name that’s more cheeky than it is actually serious. But make no mistake, the food here is very serious, though with a playful cheek that carries from the staff through to the food.
At Contrabando we follow the food trend in Southern California - new style cooking techniques meeting old-school latin american flavours. Match that with Sydney’s best produce, and it’s definitely worth the trip to Bent street, if not for the yellowfin tuna ceviche 'mini tacos', the kingfish tostadas with a chilli mint and coriander salad or the 'cult like status' of the Prawn Dawg with Sriracha Mayo
Other Signature dishes include our Chargrilled Corn with Chipotle Mayo, Suckling Pig Quesadillas, Popcorn Prawn tacos, freshly smashed avocado to make wonderfully whipped Guacamole and much much more.
Contrabando is a moodily lit affair, with walls covered in artwork by renowned sydney artist Arnie Arnold.. It’s well suited to business lunches, intimate dinner events, or for a late-night snack as you journey around town.
Contrabando is found on the corner of Bent & Bligh St (so yes, it's great for business lunches). It is located within walking distance of a great deal Sydney has to offer , including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay, Countless Ferries and a host of other Sydney Favourites
Though completely separate, we are located directly below the well known Barrafina Tapas Bar, with entrance just to the side around the corner on Bent St.
Look for the graffitied walls, the black doors. Blink and you might miss it