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Cake Wines Cellar Door

A cellar door, wine bar and hub of cultural happenings rolled into one, elegant space just off Cleveland Street.
By Marissa Ciampi
January 30, 2019
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Cake Wines Cellar Door

A cellar door, wine bar and hub of cultural happenings rolled into one, elegant space just off Cleveland Street.
By Marissa Ciampi
January 30, 2019
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After four years of serving up its boutique Adelaide Hills drops to Sydneysiders, the Cake Wines Cellar Door reopened in July after a full revamp. Now, the focus isn't simply on the wines, with a full kitchen and cocktail menu, plus a brand new surround system, on the docket — making the venue a triple threat of booze, food and live tunes.

The seasonal menu features Italian fare by chef Jack New (Icebergs), who has spent the last few months travelling around the northwest coast of Italy for inspiration. The succinct lineup of dishes changes regularly and currently features antipasto plates ($20–40), Champagne-pickled mussels with smoked aioli, roasted octopus and beetroot salad with limoncello dressing and burrata served with sliced peaches and salted pistachios.

The four-pizza menu (all $22) ranges from classics like the buffalo mozzarella-topped margherita to the Peaches and Cheese (jamón serrano, roasted peach and gorgonzola) and the Finnochio (burnt fennel, pork sausage and chilli). Gluten-free bases are up for grabs, too.

On the wine list, Cake's own beloved creations now star alongside guest drops from their favourite up-and-comers, including Clare Valley's Riesling Freak and Adelaide Hill's Alpha Box & Dice. It also now has a compact list of cocktails — with drinks such as a rosé spritz ($16) and Local's Negroni ($18) — spirits and digestifs.

Saturday calls for bottomless pinot noir brunch ($55), which includes house-baked focaccia and sliced coppa from nearby LP's Quality Meats, your choice of pizza and the citrus-mascarpone drizzle cake — along with endless pours of the Cake Wines 2011 vintage. It runs from 12–2pm, weekly.

All three of the venue's concepts combine on Friday and Saturday nights, when the cellar door plays host to live music. The music offering focuses on jazz and soul throughout the weekend — with no cover charge to speak of. And, for good measure, there are also free wine tastings every Saturday and Sunday from 3–5pm.

To celebrate the launch of the new Italian menu, Cake Wines is hosting a Deli-Disco on Friday, February 1. There'll be snacks, tunes and much vino from 5pm — and free entry all night.

Images: Jiwon Kim. Image one by Tim Da Rin.

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