The Hunter Wine Bar
Spilling out onto the fountain square shared by Fourth Village, this Safari-influenced bar is making the most of the intimate, community atmosphere.
There’s a hefty list of industry insiders who have contributed bits and pieces to the food and drink offering, including a menu designed by James McCall (global executive chef for Jones the Grocer). With a slew of unusual dishes – from wild boar little dogs with onion jam, to emu sliders with pickles or crunchy dukkah-crumbed beetroot with lemon mayo – it’s certainly a new offering for the area.
The feel of the place was inspired by a trip to South Africa, though Hiles stresses that it’s not a South African bar (despite the Malva pudding trifle and Leopards Leap Pinotage). The fit-out comes courtesy of Giant Design, featuring tent canvas, ropes covered in creeping vines and intimate swinging safari lanterns.
But the name has local roots too, jointly drawing on the safari inspiration and the first European to set foot on Mosman soil – Captain John Hunter.