Eat & Drink

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.

The Wine Plate
62-64 King Street, Newtown
Ph: (02) 8094 9994 www.thewineplate.com.au
Tapas/Modern Australian $-$$