Alex Harmon took a trip into Newtown this week, and here's what she uncovered...
The Wine Plate
Balance is restored in North Newtown with the opening of its first wine bar. Sharon Chalmers and her partner Maria have created a space that reflects Newtown, from its diverse menu, all the way to the local photographs on the walls. A Totara Sauvignon Blanc ($8/$32) whets our appetite before we let the Garlic King Prawns & Grilled Chorizo ($15) dance a salty tango in our mouths.
Beetroot & Goats Cheese Parcels ($10) aren’t wrapped in pastry as expected, but in delicate pockets of beetroot. Blissfully surprised, we try a red the waiter recommends from the handpicked list.
The Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir 2010 ($8/$39) is a light, cherry-toned drop that goes swimmingly with the Pan-Roasted Snapper ($26); its pepper mousse, tomato salsa, spinach and fennel side makes for an expertly thought-out dish, plated prettily as well.
But it’s the Wine Plate Cheese Selection ($22) that has given my late night cravings a new address. Generous amounts of cheese, quince paste and honey and with a glass of Prosecco Sparkling ($8/$39) – it’s the best pairing in Newtown since Berkelouw Books starting serving ramen. Good drinking food – and vice versa – in an environment that doesn’t make you feel like you need a secret sommelier app on your iPhone.
62-64 King Street, Newtown
Ph: (02) 8094 9994