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Total Dimmi Score

8.9
455 reviews
Recommended
(9.3)
Food
(8.8)
Service
(8.9)
Value for money
(8.2)
Atmosphere
(9.1)

dined on Fri, 20 Apr 2018

(9)
Lovely helpful staff to navigate an unfamiliar wine list

dined on Fri, 14 Sep 2018

(7)
Food, atmosphere and service was great! However, the wine list can be best described as "eclectic". One companion asked one of the staff if the person who drew up the list was allowed near sharp knives, but it turns out he owns the place. "Organic, bio whatever, natural" - these are the most important attributes for the wine. Everything from the huge international list is in some way good for you in one way or another. Okay, if that's the way you roll, fine but I felt like it was being shoved at me, I couldn't choose. Funniest moment was asking one of the staff why there was only ONE Australian cabernet on the list (Margaret River and not worth the $150 we paid) and he replied - with a spectacularly straight face - "No one does cabernet any more, no one drinks it, no one asks for it". I waited for the punchline, but that was it. He tried equating this with the fad for unoaked chardonnay which could be best described as a stretch. Apparently the reason all the other restaurants and wine shops in Melbourne are failing is by offering so much of what people don't want any more. Or something. We had a few other reds that are all good for us (naturally bio organically good) and they were all okay without being special. Hopefully the medication kicks in and there can be a better balance brought to the wine list because everything else here was really, really good. And of course if you don't "do" cabernets any more and need to be given a list of wines that are all good for you and the world, this is your place. You will feel smugly self-satisfied doing good, I guess. And you will certainly enjoy everything else!

dined on Fri, 14 Sep 2018

(10)
Weird and wonderful wine list. Great food especially the gnocchi!

dined on Mon, 10 Sep 2018

(8)
service a bit slow music a bit loud

dined on Sat, 1 Sep 2018

(10)
Our second visit, and it was a terrific experience again.

dined on Fri, 24 Aug 2018

(9)
Lovely place to have a drink and a bite

dined on Fri, 24 Aug 2018

(8)
Food very, very nice but smallish servings. Music selection at start of night kinda jarring, but got much much better. All round awesome experience.

dined on Fri, 17 Aug 2018

(8)
The atmosphere here is great, service impeccable, the menu left a little to be desired.
Alan

dined on Tue, 14 Aug 2018

(9)
Very attentive host, knowledgeable. Very interesting wine list with organic, biodynamic and other options.

dined on Sat, 28 Jul 2018

(9)
Great wine list, excellent food and impressive service.
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About Neighbourhood Wine

Welcome to the Neighbourhood! You’ll instantly feel like a local when you come to Neighbourhood Wine, located on Reid Street in Fitzroy North. The vibe is warm and friendly, the wines are top quality drops from Australia and abroad, and the French-style cuisine is fancy without being pricey. The Neighbourhood has an interesting history – in the 1950s, it was once an illegal casino while the 90s saw it used as Alphonse Gangitano’s high-end gentlemen’s club. Today, however, that’s all changed, with Neighbourhood Wine transformed into a house of wine and food. The drinks are the main event here, with an impressive 19 page beverage list curated by sommelier Simon Denman. Denham has sourced bottles from around the globe, including artisanal wines from Santorini to Swartland. Head chef and co-owner Almay Jordaan, who actually hails from Cape Town, has created the accompanying European-flavoured menu using fresh and sustainable produce. It would be a crime (and Neighbourhood Wine knows plenty about that!) to miss this cosy little haunt. Best dish: Country style pork shoulder and pistachio terrine

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