Since 2010, The Wine Library has flown the flag for Sydney's new generation of wine bars. Now, having recently undergone a change in ownership, the place is getting a spruce up. With a new brain trust of hospitality heavyweights behind the scenes, The Wine Library is moving into its next chapter with a fresh menu, a fresh wine list and a fresh outlook.
Owned and operated by friends sommelier Tim Perlstone (ex-Merivale), Sam Jones (ex-Monopole) and head chef Matt Taylor (ex-Bentley), the wine bar now has a food menu centred around using the highest quality ingredients to produce some inventive riffs on old faithfuls.
The pork rillette and chicken liver parfait come from specialist charcuterie Romeo's Fine Foods, the kingfish is served with miso, finger lime and black garlic and the beef tartare with hazelnut, capers and sherry. For those looking for something that'll satisfy a bigger hunger, there's a homely mac 'n' cheese with smoked speck and a beef cheek served with parsnip puree and mushrooms.
With a wide-ranging selection of boutique and international wines that match The Wine Library's lofty name, distinct European accents are found throughout the place, including a list of cheese and cured meats that'll go perfectly with your chosen drop.
Under the trio, the menu is not the only major change to have taken place — The Wine Library is now taking reservations for the first time ever and a 30-seat private dining room is also in the works.