A and I headed to Parlour Wine Room for pre-movie wine and tapas on a Saturday evening.
The wine list at Parlour Wine Room is fantastic – with a great mix of local and international wines. I opted for a glass of Cruzat classic brut NV, Mendoza ($13) whereas A ordered a glass of the local Mount Majura ‘The Silurian’ chardonnay, pinot noir sparkling from Majura ($16). Both wines were fantastic and A especially loved trying a local wine.
We ordered only a few dishes to share, we had dinner plans for after the movie. Our first dish to arrive was the Mantequilla toastada portobellos ($15) – butter roasted mushrooms, thyme, manchego, panko migas. This dish was spectacular – the butter roasted mushrooms were moreish but the manchego cheese and panko migas added texture and enhanced the mushrooms’ flavour. The butter sauce at the bottom of the dish was mopped up by A and I. If only I had a few pieces of crusty bread on the side – it would’ve been heaven!
Our second dish was the Gamba con ajo y chilli ($18) – prawn mousse, chilli, garlic chips, parsley. I was initially surprised by A’s choice of this dish but I’m so glad she spotted it as it was a unique experience. The prawn mousse was delicate but showcased the prawns flavour quite well, with the chilli and garlic chips adding contrasting flavours.
The Parlour Wine Bar is a little pricey but it’s a great option for those heading to the cinemas and wanting a glass of sparkling and a few small plates beforehand. I’ll be heading back on a Tuesday evening to take advantage of their current offer of two courses and a glass of wine for $30. On a side note, I went to Parlour Wine Room over the weekend as part of a Discovery Event for ACT’s 101 Human Brochure campaign. I really enjoyed the food on the night, which included:
On the same night, my friend Sam and his girlfriend Stacey from Perth were also at Parlour Wine Room and had a different experience. Although they said the food and wine were both excellent, they said that their evening was slightly tainted due to a feeling of awkwardness after hearing kitchen and wait staff having loud words with each other which could be heard easily from their table. Interestingly enough, on the day A and I were at Parlour Wine Room, the kitchen and floor staff were also having words with each other. It’s understandable that this would happen in establishments however it may be better to take these conversations away from restaurant patrons. No one enjoys hearing other people’s arguments.
Apart from this, the food and wine are definitely worthy of a visit.