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Saturday, 5 June 2021

Vincent: a dangerously decadent slice of Paris in Perth

It is a very good thing for me that I live on the other side of the continent to recently opened Perth wine bar Vincent. 

If Vincent was close to Cygnet I would be a whole lot fatter - and a whole lot poorer. 

The European-styled wine bar and bistro opened in January and on Thursday night it was buzzing - while the rest of the Perth suburb of Northbridge gently snoozed. 

I felt very much at home as Vincent is a very close replica of two of my old Paris hangouts: Juveniles and Willi's; a selection of wines by the glass, many more by the bottle, good, simple bistro food and snappy, intelligent wait staff.

Like at Juvenile's and Willi's the vibe is very laid back - but when we ran out of sliced baguette to accompany our rather delicious charcuterie plate, replacement bread arrived within seconds, as if by osmosis.

The wine list of over 200 bottles has a focus on France, particularly Burgundy and Bordeaux, and Italy, but also includes some very good small producers from across Australia and New Zealand, from Tasmania's Pooley to Margaret River's Hoi Polloi.

As for the blackboard menu think dishes like steak tartare, ricotta gnudi, and pork and veal meatballs with a bean cassoulet. Simple. Satisfying. 

The chicken liver paté and duck rillettes on the charcuterie plate were spot on.

I'd like a little more choice in the wines by the glass, which clearly move fairly quickly, but Vincent is a "must visit" for any wine lover who finds themselves in Perth between Wednesday and Sunday. 

The website warns: no bookings; no cash. 

Vincent, 465 William St, Perth. www.vincentwine.com.au. 

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