WHAT TIME IS IT!??! VINO TIME HOOOOOO. Yes, it is wine o’clock at this sweet little bar that also offers up plates to share with friends… or not. Finally a tidy place for a bit of a tipple and sample some quality booze. A simple layout to the rectangle space, a massive menu blackboard and dark oak tables for four on one side, a Victorian styled dressing table used for admin and longer bar benches and stools on the other. Mood light and candles create intimacy, exactly what a cool little wine bar should be.
A tidy wine list needs a menu equal to it and the kitchen delivers no fuss, yet interesting Euro combinations. Salmon gravlax, cured fish hinted with dill comes with pickles and mini toasted sourdough slivers that would serve as a spritely appetiser for bigger things, gherkins and sourdough used to poke and scoop up rabbit and smoked ham rillet puree meat dip.
For something a bit more filling, the scallop and pea risotto with melted salted ricotta added creaminess and flavour, while the lamb and tomato ragout full of rosemary, basil and parmesan hugs the casarecce (short partially rolled lengths of pasta) an absolute delight. Continuing the Italian flavours is a respectable, light tiramisu with plenty of coffee kick and affogatoes served with a decent espresso and a thick biscotti staked into the vanille ice cream.
Next time I’m in Sydney, I’ll be gathering the grown ups around to do a bit of chest bumping, LBJ if he’s around, then hands all in asking passionately “WHAT TIME IS IT!?!?!”. Time to Vino baby.
3.5 / 5 yums!
Where? 66 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst, NSW
What? Small plates $12, Large $22