The name Dear Sainte Eloise is a reference from George Orwell’s memoir, Down and Out in Paris and London: “Dear Sainte Eloise, if you exist, please send me some money. I don’t ask for much – just enough for some bread and wine.”

Like its sister wine venue Love, Tilly Devine, this place is wholeheartedly about grapes, and the 400-strong wine may cause a lengthy pause in the conversation. It’s somewhat like a directory, is educational, affordable and easy to follow.

Though wine is the focus here, the food on offer is entirely appropriate for the setting. The menu changes every few days, influenced by seasons and produce availability. It's perfect fare for a date night, and there's a set menu available that'll cater well to an intimate group.

The space, designed by Ian Kanik, is warm and seats about 40 people. Entry is via a fairly non-descript closed door, with only two pew stools and a gold plaque as indicators of its presence. That excerpt from Orwell’s memoir is written across an entire wall, and wine bottles take up the majority of the remaining wall space. The timber blinds in the windows make it feel particularly private and European.

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Updated: September 16th, 2022

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