Prabir Majumdar wants people to walk into Wine 1160 and feel like they’ve walked into somebody’s house.
So you won’t find actually find a bar. Instead, you’ll find a counter – as you might find in your kitchen – up against the wall, where glasses are arranged, cocktails are mixed and wine poured. There are two custom-made ceiling-high cabinets – one for whites and the other for reds.
Majumdar and wine consultant, Joshua Elias – also the editor of Alquimie, a Melbourne wine magazine – curated the 160-bottle wine list. The food from head chef Jasmin Lefers complements the wine, not the other way around.
To match a glass of NV André Clouet ‘Grande Reserve’ Brut Champagne, the menu recommends you pair it with a bowl of popcorn covered in fine curls of Gruyère cheese. If you’re aching for a dessert wine – say a Moscato from Piedmont, Italy – keep it company with a ‘Pink Lamington’ with Moscato and coconut.
Wine 1160 is not just about wine. There’s also a list of local and international beers and spirits that details their tasting notes and origins.
CG Design Studio created the space. A communal table sits in the centre, around which there are small tables with armchairs, a banquette running along one wall, and a nook with a couch for two.