Eastern Road Larder
Renton Carlyle-Taylor’s business cards may as well read: wine-bar professor. He’s part-owner of a haul of them, including The Alps, Toorak Cellars, The Hills, Milton Wine Shop in Melbourne, and The Valley in Brisbane).
His venue Eastern Road Larder is a wine bar, but it’s also a cafe and deli. Even so, it’s the smallest venue of the bunch and only 18 seats.
“The Larder”, as Carlyle-Taylor calls it, is located in South Melbourne and is open all day during the week serving coffees and simple breakfasts in the morning; salads and sandwiches at lunch; and wine, cheese and charcuterie later. Carlyle-Taylor and his wife Kathryn live on Queens Road near Albert Park Lake, so they know the area well.
With herringbone floors, warm blue tiles and a retro-fitted deli cabinet, Easter Road is a little bit more European and rustic than his other venues.
The space is centred around the deli cabinet packed with baguettes, sandwiches on thick-cut bread, cold cuts, and tins of Cuca anchovies. The backbar is stocked with jars of pickles and preserves instead of spirits; there are cartons of orange juice and hanging salumi in the fridge. The coffee machine by the window pulls Allpress espresso.
Carlyle-Taylor and Kathryn manage the bar and designed the half Italian, half Australian wine list. There are a couple of natural wines on the list, but not in the same amounts as at his other venues.
Easter Road also offers takeaway cheese and charcuterie platters, which can be made to order, an idea hatched with residents of the apartment building in which its located.