Recently I was able to get a rare Thursday night off and decided to head in to the city for dinner with Mr CA4G. It was a bit of a surprise for him as he had forgotten I would be home early. One of our favourite restaurants is de Vine, on the corner of Market and Clarence Streets. As we hadn’t been for a while we decided to head there for dinner.
There are two parts to de Vine, a wine bar at the front and nestled in the back is the cave like restaurant. The room is very cosy with low lighting, candle lit tables, bare brick walls lined with shelves holding empty bottles of some of the worlds’ premier wines and a glass brick light well which covers an entrance in to other parts of the building.
The menu offers a great selection of dishes and we seriously contemplated having an entree but thought dessert or cheese might suit us more.
MrCA4G chose the Market fish of the day which happened to be his favourite, John Dory. This was served with creamy spinach and tomato salsa.
opted for one of the daily specials, fettucine tossed with confit duck, peas and tomato.
We also ordered a side of fantastic, crisp and chunky homestyle fries.
Our wine for the evening was Vie De Romans Maurus, 100% Merlot. Merlot keeps being a surprise for us. We generally don’t like the Australian Merlots but French and Italian Merlots we find enjoyable.
We decided we were more in the mood for cheese than dessert, we decided to order the medium sized selection of four cheeses, served with crackers, bread, grapes and pear.
It was a great pleasure to dine again at a restaurant we really enjoy going to and has a wine list that has a great range of interesting and tasty wines to choose from. Thankfully they also have a good selection by the glass.
We are looking forward to the next time we get to visit.
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