• Coravin, my not-so-new favourite wine tool.

    The Coravin is one of the greatest game changers I’ve seen in my life of serving wine. And let me tell you, that’s a few years.

    In short, this nifty tool gives access to wines that can be poured by the glass and yet never opened!

    Think Grange, Barolo and Grand Cru Burgundy to start.

    I’ve played around with it for a while now and am confident that the wines remain perfect once ‘Coravined’.

    Thanks to the coravin, we’ve added about 20 premium wines to our by the glass list. Available as a “taste” or glass. And we can do it, because the wines stay super fresh under their own cork indefinitely.

    If you don’t believe me ask Jancis Robinson http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/coravin-the-pros-and-cons

  • Ten Years on…

    This is the menu from 10 years ago today when we swung open our doors on Elizabeth Street. Back then there was no wine bars, no casual bistros. Mostly just cafes or fine diners in the city.

    I knew what I wanted to do, but definitely didn’t know how! We have struggled, we have succeeded, we’ve changed things when it didn’t work and we sometimes changed things even when they were working.

    Along the way I’ve meet some amazing people, and had even more amazing staff. The place has earned accolades, and missed out on others. We built a bar, we changed the name, we can never make up our mind about what the menu looks like. WE HAVE HAD FUN!

    This game of hospitality isn’t going to change the world, cure cancer or solve poverty, but I’d like to think that the art of being hospitable can sometimes make a small difference.

    So there we are, our 10th birthday. We can look back and be proud of making it to this point, but the most important thing really, is what we do in our next service.