Monday, September 10, 2012

WINTOUR&GUINNESS: A SUNSHINE SATURDAY & A BIG DATE NIGHT OUT

After the madness of Friday afternoon/evening I was so looking forward to the weekend. Friday afternoon  was made up of a wine tasting session with the guys from  Lindeman’s and James Halliday Wine Companion magazine. Platters of cheese, crackers and terrine complimented the various wines the team got to taste from and this was the perfect start to Friday evening. Waking up with no work on Saturday morning was a welcome relief, however there was no time to sit around and watch Saturday morning television as Kevin and I made our way early Saturday morning to visit our friend Christine who is taking a bit of time out to recover post operation. Chatting for hours over coffee and some amazing homemade lemon cup cakes (with the most delicious lemon icing), it was nice to just chill out away from the hustle and bustle of the city. However much loved, this peacefulness was short lived as Saturday was officially date night and us boys had plans to hit up one of the cities most talked about tapas restaurants, Bar Lourinha. I was recently given a voucher for the restaurant after sitting in on a talk given by Jon Silvester, the head crime editor of The Age newspaper - who is best known as the writer of the Underbelly series.

Making our way around the streets of Melbourne, we started the night at one of our new favorite bars - Cabinet Bar & Balcony for a quick drink or three. Post Beresford sparkling wine and a Dancing Daria, we made our way to our restaurant and despite not eating there before, the minute I walked in the door I knew this place was special. The hustle, the bustle and the cosiness made for an ideal Wintour&Guinness venue and we couldn’t start the night off quick enough ordering cava and some elderflower margaritas (tequila being the tipple of choice these days for Wintour&Guinness). Bar Lourinha was recently mentioned within the Epicure Food newspaper supplement and I have no doubt why that was. We perched ourselves along the bar quickly ordering our dishes. Padron peppers to start, cooked with garlic and sherry were delicious and the rustic slices of sourdough that accompanied the dish were perfect for mopping up the juices left over in the dish. Ham hock croquettes followed. Creamy, rich and fried to perfection - they were a treat.

Although not a fan of sardines, they were one of the specials on that night. Cooked to perfection they came with pine nuts, currents and drizzled with olive oil. Finishing off the meal we ordered the lamb special. Golden nuggets of lamb were placed on a bed of tahini, flat leaf parsley and coriander. Not my cup of tea at all I am afriad, the meat was far to chewy for my liking however they went down a treat with Kevin. The slow cooked waygu was the best dish of the night and lay upon a bed of soft white beans. The meat was so tender that is fell apart with the simple press of the fork - it was that good. The night finished with some coffees and the churros with dulche de leche. Hitting the movies after - there was not a chance of one hitting the sweet counter. Amazing restaurant, great hustle, super bustle and another great Melbourne restaurant to add to the list.

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