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Review - SoCal

Led Emmett, the General Manager of SoCal, provides an expert introduction to the liquid aspects of The Golden State.

With my lips still tingling from a Chica Chipotle ($17) that teamed chipotle-infused reposado tequila with Mezcal, lime, agave and a chipotle salt rim, Led introduced me to his list.

It’s heavy, as you’d hope, in Californian wines. While these imports don’t land cheaply enough to make the by-the-glass list, they are worth a look.

A man after my own heart, Led categorises pinot noir between feminine and “smells like my bedroom after sex”.

Bliss Pinot Noir ($60) is one of the former, but for a quaffable red, it is not without roundness and balance. It lends itself to liberal, chilled applications against crisp Sriracha Chicken Quesadillas ($20), as you watch the moon rise in the open-roofed space.

Another easy-drinker, The Chard Project Chardonnay ($70), won’t fight with a plump piece of Kingfish ($22), served over charred corn and lardons, with romesco sauce.

I realise I’m making food sound like an accessory, but some spots just lend themselves to drinking.

Throw in a wonderfully consistent ska soundtrack, and you might be left thinking that someone magically transplanted Sunday arvos at The Norfolk into weeknights in Neutral Bay.

1 Young Street, Neutral Bay
Ph: (02) 9904 5671

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Amy zhong
Oct. 14th, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
i loved the food here,shame it is a bit far for me!
Oct. 18th, 2014 01:05 am (UTC)
Might be one to team with a day at Balmoral Beach in summer?
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