Lime & Tonic are bringing back progressive dinners

Noodlies, Sydney food blog checks out their Surry Hills experience

By Thang Ngo

In the old days, progressive dinners were a fun and intimate way to prepare and share good food between family or good friends. Lime & Tonic are bringing back good time fun with a curated Surry Hills Progressive Dinner. For the modern times, it’s taken on a different meaning, billed as “dinner on the run” it allows diners to take in a variety of venues in one hit. You also save time researching, the folks at Lime&Tonic have done it for you – one booking will get you a curated experience at three delicious venues.

There’s an added adventurous excitement with these progressive dinners; you get a personalised, glossy welcome kit with map and restaurant addresses to help you find your way there.

lime&tonic progressive dinner

For the Surry Hills progressive dinner, there’s a delectable selection of three restaurants, one for each course.



Conveniently located but subtle branding ensures it’s a delicious, but well kept secret for modern Asian food.  Sugarcane is the first stop on our adventure where there are five dishes to try, stand out for noodlies were salt & pepper squid, crisp pork belly and an incredibly fresh and moreish Asian salad (below).


Bar H

It’s an intimate corner bar nearby on Campbell street. Hamish Ingham’s Bar H is packed most nights (tonight included) which highlights another benefit of this progressive dinner – you’re guaranteed a table. We sampled two dishes on the Cantonese inspired menu; hearty braised pork belly and my favourite, steamed fish in ginger and shallot (below), thick, virgin white fillet lit up beautifully under the bar lighting.

bar h steamed fish


Loved by Sydneysiders for fresh, zesty Asian fare, but many may not know about the classy bar downstairs.  Which makes Long Grain the perfect final destination for dessert and drinks.

Young coconut jelly, black sticky rice, coconut tapioca and mango is classic home-style Thai dessert that’s face-screwingly rich. It needs to be full flavoured to compete with the seven dishes we had earlier. Presented simply in a short tumbler glass it’s an elegant reminder of the home-style, street food origins of this dessert. On this chilly winter’s evening, acapulco gold cocktail, with chilli infused tequila, lemon and vanilla, sends you home warm and toasty.

long grain coconut jelly, black sticky rice

If you’re looking or a different experience, Lime & Tonic’s unique progressive dinner is both retro and modern, fun and adventurous. Noodlies heads home full, contented, enjoying the lovely company and appreciative of new food discoveries.

Highly recommend!

Check out this, and other curated food and lifestyle Lime & Tonic experiences.

This noodlies, Sydney food blog experience was courtesy of the lovely folks at Lime & Tonic.

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