The Love, Tilly Devine and Ragazzi crew's latest venue is bringing brilliant bar food and Spanish vermouth to Redfern.
May 01, 2023
The buzzy 40-seat venue replaces the Norfolk's sports bar on the meeting of Cleveland and Walker streets, where the curved bar has undergone a sleek new rendering, televised footy is replaced with rows of ready-to-drink wine bottles, and the old carpet's been ripped out to reveal an attractive stone-paved floor.
At the helm of La Salut are Love Tilly's Matt Swieboda and Nate Hatwell, alongside Executive Chef and co-owner Scott McComas-Williams, so the food is just as keenly masterminded — and executed — as the booze selection, which Hatwell describes as "wine-focused, but not wine-serious".
The wine list is broad and dynamic, largely represented by different regions of Spain, it is extensive and tells the story of Spanish winemaking so read up to learn a thing or two. Start with a vermouth or a cocktail, then graduate to a glass or two of Spanish drops.
McComas-Williams' Catalan-inspired menu invites a no-rush leisurely flow of snacks. Choose from a selection of jamon, sliced fresh to order and served up with Catalonian bread. You might order several rounds of bites for the table — like an artichoke croquette or anchovy, tomato and manchego custard arranged on a house-made 'Jatz'.
Elsewhere on La Salut's menu, you'll find large plates with even larger flavours, such as deliciously charred grilled octopus to a chorizo and bean dish. Just like at Ragazzi, the menu is regularly changing, with the seafood dishes being informed by the catch of the day.
Top images: Nikki To
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