Maeve Wine is a beautiful upstairs timber-floored spot fitted out by Woodsters in dark wooden panelling, marble counters and ribbed glass. Globe lights illuminate a relatively narrow space split into a bistro and bar, and guests enter the venue via an enormous copper door and a burgundy staircase. It feels like a European wine bar.
European flavours show up in dishes such as steak tartare with horseradish creme and cured egg yolk, and buttermilk fava bean cassoulet with crispy kale. Main plates include charcoal grilled hanger steak frites, and kingfish with roasted mushroom, golden raisin and caper relish.
It’s a menu designed to be cooked until midnight and suit pre-show drop-ins and dedicated diners alike. It’s also keenly priced with no main over $30. There's a list of 80 bottles of European wines alongside new-world drops in a Euro style. An Italian Visintini friulano sits comfortably next to Margaret River winemaker Dormilona’s chenin blanc, or a Hungarian Wetzer tokaji furmint lines up against a Sato riesling from Central Otago.
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