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Saturday 27 November 2021

New wine-focused Margaret River restaurant unveiled

Two of Western Australia's highest-profile wine and food leaders are joining forces to open a new restaurant in the heart of Margaret River wine country. 

Chef Seth James and winemaker Larry Cherubino will open Frui Momento ('Enjoy the Moment') at former Laurance Wines site on December 2. 

The duo will transform the site on Caves Road in Wilyabrup. 

Seth James has, for the past eight years, been responsible for making Wills Domain one of the state's most talked-about restaurants.

The new restaurant will also have a raw bar and Champagne lounge, where visitors can drop by for bubbles and caviar.

Cherubino (above) is widely acknowledged as one of Australia's finest wine makers and entrepreneurs - although it has been a while since I saw any wines from him (must be an Australia Post problem).

The 50-seat restaurant will feature a contemporary à la carte menu as well as an informal grazing menu. It will also be available for events.

The pair told the Margaret River Mail that the restaurant will have a strong wine focus from the Cherubino portfolio, and a wide selection of specialist imports chosen by the winemaker.

"For me this is a fantastic opportunity to work in an amazing site and with Larry and Edwina Cherubino," said Seth James.

"It's also a rare opportunity to finally do something for myself. Frui Momento will be my restaurant, and it's both exciting and a bit scary too."

"People will be able to sit here and try all of these different styles, regions and varietals in a winery restaurant setting," said Cherubino.

"It's a celebration of wine and food, and that's what we want people to take away.

"It's nice to experience what Margaret River does best, and frame that alongside other wine regions of Australia and other parts of the world with the same varietals.

"It brings excitement to the wine and food pairing opportunities. We really have a mutual respect for what each other's strengths are when it comes to food and the wine, and that's important.

"We are really excited to have Seth join us on the property with Frui Momento; it brings together the cellar door and guest house with a serious dining experience.

"It's going to be great for him, great for us - it's going to be great for the region."

Frui Momento will be at 3478 Caves Road, Wilyabrup.

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