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Wednesday 28 December 2016

New direction at one of Australia's top wine bars

There is a new direction at one of Australia's leading wine bars: Reserve Wine Bar in Newcastle. 

Owner Patrick Haddock, a former wine writer and sommelier, has turned up the heat by enhancing the food and wine experience.

“We never really felt we nailed the wine bar food offering and now we have the opportunity," Haddock says. "With a three-glass- rating awarded in Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant guide (2017) for our wine list, we really felt that the next logical step was to raise the standard of the food to match the quality of the wine.” 

Enter two chefs who have managed to fuse the world of food trucks with fine dining, Sam Alexander and David Griffin.

Both have impressive resumes with Griffin most recently cooking down the road at hatted Subo, while Alexander has notched up time with two-hatted Fins of Byron Bay, with Robert Molines as head chef at Bistro Molines then with Robert Marchetti at Icebergs and finally with Jeremy Strode of Bistro CBD, where he was senior sous chef. 

To complement these fine dining achievements both chefs have their own street food offering. Griffin operates as Bao Brothers doing authentic Taiwanese street food with a twist, while Alexander pays homage to his North African roots with a stall that does proper kebabs and trades under the name of the Dirty Camel.

Their food philosophy: Keep it simple, to make tasty honest food, packed with flavour using the freshest seasonal produce.

Haddock says: "We are staying true to our roots. You can pop in for a glass of wine and a snack at the bar,  or experience a full meal with a great bottle or two. It’s up to you.” 

Haddock aims to restructure the wine list in fitting with the new food offering. There will be plenty by the glass options, an extensive Coravin list and daily specials. 

“We want to create a friendly space synonymous with one of Newcastle’s best food and wine offerings with service that’s informal yet informed.”

Reserve Wine Bar, 102 Hunter St, Newcastle, NSW 2300. (02) 4929 3393. 

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