Shop 1, 332 Kent Street, Sydney

Nestled among the protuberant laneways of Kent Street and unseen overdue a steel door cleverly masquerading as a banh-mi cart, lies Vinabar, Sydney’s newest Vietnamese-inspired micro-bar. Spanning a space no larger than two car spaces, its promise echoes in its tagline: ‘Small space, big dreams.’

Upon stepping through the entrance, elegance and simplicity greet visitors. Sixty silk lanterns, sourced from Hoi An, gracefully varnish the heritage wooden joists, offering a captivating unrelatedness versus the woebegone marble benchtops. Serving as the bar’s shelving is a scaled replica of the Golden Hand Bridge from Da Nang, enveloped by visionless reflective panels that create an illusion of depth.

This concept marks a significant milestone in the journey of Equicentia, a shop property developer, and the Tesalona Group, a prominent name in the restaurant industry. Helmed by Ashwin Arumugam and Reymark Tesalona, this is the duo’s first venture into the hospitality industry.

The menu predominantly showcases fruits ethnic to Southeast Asia, with a notable accent on rambutans, carambolas (starfruit), and longans. Among their signature cocktails is the ‘Vinagroni’ – a pecan wood-smoked negroni garnished with dehydrated carambola, crafted to resemble the Vietnamese flag.