Malbec World Day 2019
Originally reviewed by : Mr & Mrs Romance
Tonight, Christina and our friend Heidi are out at Darlings Bistro, Bar and Kitchen to celebrate World Malbec Day. This cute little bar has quite the story behind it with a barrister, a banker and an ex-Wiggle all at the helm.
And in the engine room of the place is a chef with an extraordinary CV. Attica in Melbourne, Rockpool in Sydney and world’s best restaurant NOMA in Denmark have all benefited from head chef Nick Talam’s skills.
Behind Darlings’ beautiful bar tonight is Tom from Zed Wines, show-casing the Malbecs featured in tonight’s festivities.
In a nod to the most famous Argentine grape variety, Darlings Bistro has 10 different Malbecs on offer from guest winemakers from Australia and imports from Argentina. Tom talks Christina and Heidi through the wines of the night.
The Malbec flight takes Christina and Heidi through four different wines of the variety. And to start things off, something you don’t often see: a Malbec rosé.
With the wines, the kitchen at Darlings cooks up a feast. These barbecued queen scallops with their secret spice are divine and worth coming here on their own. There’s also delicious grilled chicken and roasted cauliflower, cooked on the restaurant’s Japanese hibachi grill. It gives the food a wonderful smokey depth of flavour.
Other things like Alaskan king crab on toasted brioche fingers and the chocolate, liquorice and coffee parfait for dessert make the whole night amazing.
Darlings Bistro on Darling Street, Rozelle is a clear sign of changing times. As one of the owners Hal Altan explains: “Rozelle and Balmain is transitioning from a pub mecca to more of a wine bar and bistro culture.”
Darlings Bistro certainly fits the bill. Its impressive wine list, sumptuous, skilfully executed cuisine and its cosy, intimate aesthetic make Darlings a go-to spot for the suburb’s new mindset.
Darlings Bistro, Cafe and Bar is at 612 Darling Street, Rozelle. It’s open from 8am every day and closes late every night apart from Monday, when it shuts at 4pm.
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