LO­CAL COLOUR

Rich­mond’s food and wine scene keeps get­ting bet­ter and At­tria Wine Bar with its of­fer­ing ex­tend­ing to late-night sup­per is yet an­other ap­peal­ing ad­di­tion to the neigh­bour­hood.

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Delicious.com.au/eatout - KARA IRV­ING RE­VIEWS AT­TRIA WINE BAR

PIL­LOWY TALK

RICH­MOND isn’t just an­other footy­mad Mel­bourne sub­urb – its thriv­ing food scene has much more to of­fer than a pie and a beer at the MCG.

Viet­namese restau­rant Hanoi Han­nah New Quar­ter and Ja­panese joints Fu­ture Fu­ture and Eazy Peazy re­cently moved to the area, and now Luke Kennedy (of Prahran’s Os­car Cooper and for­merly South Yarra’s Maya Tequila Bar) and his col­leagues have opened At­tria Wine Bar in the space where Belles Hot Chicken once roosted.

At­tria bal­ances lux­ury and laid­back vibes with friendly, un­flap­pable ser­vice in a smart space fur­nished with a Cae­sar­stone-topped is­land bar, terrazzo floor and Bur­gundy colour pal­ette. The glo­be­trot­ting wine list keeps things in­ter­est­ing, with an ever-chang­ing by-the-glass of­fer­ing, weekly spe­cials and a 400-strong, Aus­tralian-lean­ing bot­tle col­lec­tion lin­ing the shelves around the 65-seater and the walk-in cel­lar out back.

Chef Michael But­ler (who came over from Os­car Cooper) uses Mediter­ranean­lean­ing share plates to net hun­gry pun­ters such as grilled sar­dines stuffed with fiery ’nduja and served with salsa verde. Span­ner crab roll puts an Asian spin on the US cre­ation, the tasty sweet strands tou­sled with creamy aïoli and crunchy wa­ter chest­nuts stacked in a grill-branded Ja­panese milk bun. It’s de­li­cious. Gnoc­chi is tum­bled spar­ingly with a ro­tat­ing va­ri­ety of ragù (ox­tail on our visit), while cin­na­mon-crusted ri­cotta dumplings drenched in a sticky choco­late sauce make the case for stay­ing on for dessert.

The late-night sup­per menu is a draw­card, shar­ing Os­car Cooper’s famed jaf­fles and footy favourite party pies.

At­tria has the odd short­com­ing – at a wine bar, surely the wines should be poured at the ta­ble – but it’s an ap­peal­ing ar­rival on Swan Street’s culi­nary land­scape with its invit­ing wines and snacks that’ll an­swer any meat pie han­ker­ings.

107-109 Swan St, Rich­mond, at­tria.com.au

Gnoc­chi with a ro­tat­ing va­ri­ety of ragù fea­tures on the Mediter­ranean-lean­ing menu at Rich­mond’s At­tria Wine Bar.

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