A hidden gem amongst the hustle and bustle of Chapel Street, Ines evokes happy memories of indulgent drinking and dining experiences in Europe, with its warm hospitality, heart-warming dishes, extensive wine and cocktail list, and plush interiors. Opened as a wine bar by Matteo Bruno in 2019, Ines has grown into a fully-fledged European bistro in the heart of Windsor, with in-the-know locals regularly seeking it out as an enjoyable spot to unwind and indulge in a decadent dining experience complete with ‘gueridon service’ from Head Chef John Park.
The menu features dishes with accents of Italy and France, using local produce of European influence, such as porcini butter and truffles. The new winter menu includes:
• Oscietra and Baerii caviar with blinis
• Baked scallop with white truffle pangrattato, porcini butter
• Tagliolini, blue swimmer crab, garlic, chilli, gremolata
• Gorgonzola gnocchi with walnuts, lemon pangrattato
• Tuna steak, granulated pepper, pea puree, arugula and witlof
• Scotch fillet with herb butter and duck fat potatoes
Diners will find a generous cocktail and wine list curated by Beverage Director Brendan Keown poured by the glass or purchased by the bottle, with both local and international varieties available. Coravin also sees many premium wines available by the glass.
Its moody and elegant interior sets the scene for Ines’s European food and drink offering, while also creating a welcoming and cosy ambience. Leather banquette seats, electric blue armchairs, rich walnut timber and velvet curtains are warmed by golden lighting fixtures and candles lit nightly on every table.
Owner and restaurateur Matteo Bruno says; “The evolution of Ines from a wine bar to a restaurant has been gradual and in part led by our regulars who were returning again and again for our food. We are often told that Ines is like a little slice of Europe hidden away on Chapel Street, a very happy circumstance that we’re happy to be a part of.”
Named for Matteo’s nonna, Ines is a delightful spot for an intimate dinner for two or a celebratory catch-up with friends and family; and for many locals, it’s swiftly become a favourite haunt.
150 Chapel Street, Windsor VIC 3181
(03) 9521 4465
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