This past month has been quite a hectic one and I have not had the chance to get out to wine and dine all that often. I did however still manage to come across some new favourite places and drinks over the course of the month. Hope everyone has had a good Easter and is welcoming the cooler conditions in the Southern Hemisphere, or the hopefully warming conditions in the Northern Hemisphere.
1. Favourite drink of the month?
I went to the Trustee Bar in Perth with my friend C earlier this month and we tried out some of their cocktails as well as their tasting plate. I really enjoyed their Cider Slider, pictured below. A full write up of the cocktails we tried and thr Trustee can be found in this post.
Cider Slider ($16).
2. What has been the best value wine of the month?
Lab, 2010 ($10 at Liquorland). The full review of this wine can be found in this post.
3. What has been added to my to-try wine list?
Talkavino perked my interest in trying Saperavi and Arneis varietals from their home regions in comparison to the Australian wines that I tried, especially as the Australian Saperavi from King River Estate was a favourite of mine on the night.
4. What restaurants do I want to return to?
I went to Bad Apples Bar in Applecross last week for another Wine Century Challenge meet. While I was there I had a chance to try some items off their menu as well as the chance to eye off many other dishes that they offer. I was very impressed with what I tried and saw and will be back for sure. Full review will be up next week along with the wines sampled for the Wine Century Challenge.
5. What was my favourite meal this month?
I haven’t eaten out all that often this month – I did however have lunch (finally) at the Pickled Fig in South Fremantle, the blog post for this meal is still in the works however this summery gnocchi dish was delicious and quite filling. I cannot wait to head back and try more items off their menu!
Going Gnocchi with Mount Barker free range chicken
6. Upcoming events for next month?
Inaugural Food and Wine Event at Bad Apples Bar including Oakridge wines – April 8th.
Yelp’s Garden Party – April 13th (RSVP required).
Fine Food Western Australia (food and wine industry trade show event) – April 14th-16th.
Northbridge O-Day – April 21st.
The last Twilight Hawkers Market will occur on April 26th so If you have been wanting to go one Friday and have not done so – you have one month left!
7. Favourite wine packaging?
I know this may be cheating but does Sangria in a Teapot count? This is how I was presented with my Sangria that I ordered at Bobeche Bar in Perth. While it was a little lacking on the ‘punch’ that I like to have in a Sangria I cannot fault them on the presentation.
8. Best service?
Bad Apples wins for the best service hands down as their service was friendly and attentive even while the place had a line outside the door on a Wednesday night.
9. Restaurant I am most keen to try next month?
I am planning to visit Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant in the Perth CBD, Jamie’s in the next month or two. I will just need to arrange a booking as I am not the most patient person who can wait 2+ hours for a meal, which was the estimated wait time when Jamie’s had it’s soft opening just in time for the Easter long weekend. The menu for Jamie’s can be found here.
10. Wine Century Challenge.
Total: 44 varietals.
Favourite = Alicante Bouschet and Touriga Nacional
Until next time!