Stepping out to the Shadow
IF the idea of slipping away from the hustle and bustle of William Street and immersing yourself in good food and wine sounds like your thing, then a trip to Shadow Wine Bar and Dining Room might be in order.
The Northbridge establishment affiliated with The Alex Hotel has been doing brilliant things since opening a couple of years and in my opinion is one of the best going around.
We popped in for a special occasion, but you don’t need one of these to enjoy its delicious bites and extensive drinks menu.
With a big group of us, we settled on a Spanish cava sparkling wine for our meal and cocktails to finish.
To eat, mixing the bar menu with the dining menu wasn’t an issue and we were treated to the best of both worlds in share plates and main meals.
Starting with charcuterie boards featuring all of my favourite things, including Jamon Iberico, Prosciutto di Parma, Manchego and Bleu d’auvergne, put me in the best mood and ready for some yummy starters.
The lightly crumbed potato and chorizo croquettes were delightful, while a nice rounded ball of buffalo mozzarella with red peppers had me asking for some more.
Luckily the serve of calamari, pangrattato and brava hit the spot and this perfect trio kept us satisfied without spoiling our appetite for the mains.
For main, I had the porterhouse (medium rare) with cafe de Paris butter and a simple iceberg salad.
Teamed with the crispy potatoes and mixed leaf salad with mustard dressing, it was a meal made in foodie heaven.
I had heard the team at Shadow certainly knew how to look after their patrons and after this visit the proof was definitely in their crispy potatoes.
Their attention to detail, quality of the dishes and knowledge of their wines and cocktails was outstanding.
And without a shadow of a doubt, I will be back again.