The Carlton Wine Room sits on the corner of Drummond and Faraday, near Brunetti and DOC. Co-owner Jay Bessell, who had been coveting the building for four years before snapping up the space, went into business with long-time friends and colleagues Michael Tenace and Connie Capello. All three worked together at CBD restaurant Il Solito Posto.

The cellar downstairs is a private dining room for up to 12 people, with a handmade Tuscan rosewood dining table as its centrepiece. Street level sees mostly bar-height seating, a chef’s table and a contemporary European menu. Yes, it's typically share-plate heavy, but it has a refreshing approach. The serves are small, allowing you to try everything.

The wine list is reasonably short, but very well considered and seasonally changing. In the interests of responsible drinking, the Wine Room serves most bottles by the glass and 60ml half-glass so that you can sample more but still make it home in one piece.