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Published July 27th 2014
Wade through the tourists for this worthwhile gem
For those game enough to venture into Hardware lane and disregard the full on tourist vibe of crowds and restaurateurs yelling out menus to you, Kirk's Wine Bar just might make it all worth the while.
Newly opened on Hardware Lane, Kirk's Wine Bar.
Recently opened, from the same team from City Wine Shop, Siglo and European, the team behind Kirk's Wine Bar have created a a great new spot, located on the corner of Hardware Lane in the CBD where Kirk's Bazaar Hotel used to stand.
Kirk's Wine Bar offers a simple dining menu with a concise list of wines from everywhere. Then venue has even its name taken from the original tenant of the 1860s.
In true City Wine Shop style, the menu could easy be an all day, sip and nibble sort of grazing meal. Breakfast offers Dr Marty's crumpets, or maybe the baked Turkish eggs with imam bayildi and labna. Other later-in-the-day dishes include polenta chips, Nicoise salad with confit tuna, a terrine and pâté board with house-made pickles, steak tartare, pork belly parcels, and gnocchi with zucchini, asparagus, silver beet, peas, basil and olive dust.
While it's the top notch wine list that's the obvious draw card, (there are even some of City Wine Shop's favourite bottles lining the walls), it's actually the attentive service and knowledgeable staff that make this place worth wading through the touristy outdoors to get to.