A small eatery serving natural wine and polenta chips with a cult following.
February 20, 2011
Hidden down south King Street, this Newtown stalwart is handy before an Enmore gig, and easy from the station. You can grab a seat in the bar or head to the dining area on the upper level of the establishment, where bare light bulbs hang both precariously and artistically from the ceiling. Asian influences filter through the menu, as well as those from France and the Middle East.
The socca, or chickpea pancake reminiscent of a colourful Pro Hart, is a little heavy for one to eat in its entirety. Indeed, most of the dishes are designed to share. A favourite at our table is the charcuterie plate piled high with a myriad of deliciously smoked meats, and judging by the number coming from the kitchen, it's popular all around. Another contender for 'most popular' is the polenta chips. Rumour has it Bloodwood has attempted to remove the dish, but it's too beloved by diners. And speaking of popularity, the wine list here is a standout, boasting sustainable, natural wines on a list that's won more than a few critical acclaims. You'll also find several cocktails on the menu, plus beers of the local, international and 'fancy' varieties.
Images: Cassandra Hannagan
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