A cosy, Provence-inspired bistro and wine bar by one of Australia’s best sommeliers, Dan Wegener, Wine Rooms by Harvey Leigh’s is a new 55-seater with the same deep focus on grapes that Wegener brought to Quay (Sydney) and Print Hall (Perth), only the vibe is more fun dining than fine. While pinot and chardonnay fans go gaga over the wine list, young Provençal import Loic Sorbier keeps things fuss-free and tasty in the kitchen. “Bread & condiments” (charcuterie, cheese, pickles) and a basket of salty, porky treats are the stuff of wine-snacking dreams, while cabbage parcels stuffed with pork and carrot are typical of the more substantial stuff. Dessert? Do it – the tarte Tatin with almond praline and vanilla ice-cream is pure comfort.
Open Friday-Sunday for lunch and Wednesday-Sunday for dinner
Best for: Wine sipping, of course
Stand-out dish: The mussels in fragrant white wine broth
Fab factor: The chance to quiz Wine Director Matt Bell
Address: 484 Beaufort Street, Highgate
Phone number: (08) 6478 0920