Step­ping out to the Shadow

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food - FOOD with Belinda Cipriano

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.

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