Is Noble Rot a wine bar that serves excellent food or a restaurant that serves great wine? The fact that it does both of these things and more is testament to the absolute skill of its owners: Amy Gillies, Josh Pointon, Maciej Zimny and Jean-paul Henderson. These four, who have all been involved with other successful Wellington eateries, have set the bar high here. Whether you’re a wine buff or a beginner who can’t tell the difference between Barolo and Beaujolais, the unstuffy and relaxed Noble Rot has you covered. The wine list is of biblical proportions (and features drops from places you’ve never heard of); the service is eminently knowledgeable and the food is both visually stunning and packed with sublime flavours – think a heavenly smoked goat’s cheese soufflé with pickled beet, walnut, bitter leaves and fig, or a sublime duck liver parfait with cured pork, hazelnut, grape, sauternes jelly and brioche.
6 Swan Lane, Te Aro, 04 385 6671, noblerot.co.nz Dinner 7 days; mains $30-36
IN BRIEF Food for people who love wine and wine for people who love food
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