It’s welcoming, edgy and classy, the wines are interesting and different, and many are drops probably not heard of. And the food just happens to be quite good as well!
It’s time to meet Little Red Robin, the small, chic wine bar & restaurant located on a back laneway in Lane Cove, with a wine list that takes the beginner, as well as the most accomplished wine aficionados, into new and exciting wine territory. And it’s a welcome addition to the ever-growing food and drinks hub in Lane Cove and the North Shore.
Little Red Robin recently received a two-glass rating from the Australian Wine List of the Year Award and Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, a highly encouraging award for the first-year entrant. The judges commented that: “the weird and wonderful of the wine world is well represented here. A serious effort has been made to find top examples of skin contact wines, alternative varieties, emerging stars and more. Perhaps for the more serious wine geek than the beginner, but everyone will find wines to love”*.
Sommelier and Owner, Alessandro Nelli, who grew up on a Tuscan vineyard, searches high and low for the most unusual and interesting wines, mostly European, but also Australian as well. He seeks out winemakers with unique stories and winemaking techniques and likes to select wines that demonstrate honesty and purity in the glass.
A keen wine lover can discover wines with characteristics such as low intervention, skin contact, amber wines, alternative varietals and wines fermented in amphora from regions including Greece, Turkey, Canary Islands, Portugal, Italy, France, Austria, Germany and, more recently, Australia. And there is more to come, as the list is ever evolving and growing.
And while you’re working your way through the wine list you won’t be able to resist the delicious choices from the à la carte menu, designed by head chef Alberto Ranalli, such as duck and pork terrine with peach chutney, smoked heirloom tomatoes, anchovies on toast, cured meats with house pickles, hand-made fresh tagliatelle with radicchio kimchi and more. Or for a more serious culinary journey, patrons can choose to embark on the 7-course degustation ($95pp), with matching wines for $70pp.
Little Red Robin offers over 140 wine choices, with over 30 by the glass starting from $10 per glass, including a range of sakes, non-alcoholic wines and craft beers, and a range of quality cocktails and spirits.
Little Red Robin
4/85 Longueville Road, entry via Birdwood Lane, Lane Cove NSW 2066
(02) 9418 9529
Open Fri & Sat for lunch from midday; Wed to Sat, 5pm until late for dinner
For reservations, please visit www.littleredrobin.net.au
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*Ref Australian Wine List of the Year Awards
Images: Kitti Gould