Parlour Wine Room Review

Parlour Wine Room Review

Catching up with other bloggers for a bite to eat is one of the joys of writing Gourmet Getaways. Knowing Mr GG and I would be spending some time in Canberra I contacted Bec from Intolerant Chef and Jasmine from Absolutely Jas and suggested we share a meal together.

Parlour Wine Room Logo

Parlour Wine Room Logo

The girls chose the Parlour Wine Room which turned out to be just around the corner from the Diamant Hotel, our home for the night. Jasmine explained the Parlour Wine Rooms had only recently re-opened after a fire destroyed the restaurant 2 years prior.

The Parlor Wine Room is set in the historic New Acton precinct in Canberra. The menu offers Spanish style tapas for gourmet grazers with matching wines, and classic cocktails. The perfect choice for three food loving girls, and their spouses.

Parlour Wine Room Cocktails

Parlour Wine Room Cocktails

The wine list is extensive, and features local Australian wines as well as a vast selection of Spanish varieties. The drinks menu is comprised of an impressive 16 pages of wines, cocktails, beers, ciders and spirits.  Mr GG loves to try new and interesting beers so he was quick to choose the Estrella Galicia Premium lager from Spain.

Bec and I couldn’t go past the cocktail menu.  The cocktails are described as Classic Cocktails with a Parlour twist. Bec chose the Sloe Gin Negroni and I started with the equally pretty ‘Elderflower’ Southside.

Parlour Wine Room Cider Battered Anchovy w Aioli

Parlour Wine Room – Cider Battered Anchovy w Aioli

Jasmine made some recommendations based on her previous visits. She told us we would need more than one plate of the Cider Battered Anchovy with Aioli. Yum!! She was so right!! You can see the thin crispy, crunchy batter which enclosed the lush salty, seafoody morsel.  There is something right about crunchy deep fried food wiped through a creamy aioli!

I am sure readers have noticed that I have a love affair with pork belly at the moment.  It isn’t a good thing because I just can’t get enough! The Parlour Wine Room does a tapas plate of Pork Belly glazed with px sherry and served with fried onion and hazelnut.  So “What’s it like?” I hear you asking.

Parlour Glazed Pork Belly w Fried Onion and Hazelnut

Parlour Glazed Pork Belly w Fried Onion and Hazelnut

OMG!!! Mind blowingly fantastic!! This was my favourite dish of the evening. I even contemplated devouring the whole serve myself!! The pork belly was so sweet, moist and luscious.  A mix of soft caramalised flesh and crispy salty crackling.

Parlour Wine Room - Pork Crack

Parlour Wine Room – Pork Crack

Because too much pork crackle is never enough we also ordered a plate of Pork Crack.  Yep, it is crack alright! Addictive, porky crisp, crack!

Parlour Wine Room - Chorizo w White Bean Cassolet

Parlour Wine Room – Chorizo w White Bean Cassolet

Man cannot live on pork alone… or so I have been told.  Anyway, it was time to try some more flavours from the menu.  We ordered the Chorizo Cassolet, which is a delicious smokey tomato and bean dish.  Lovely robust flavours and a great comfort style food.

Parlour Heirloom Tomato Salad

Parlour Heirloom Tomato Salad

Jasmine suggested the Heirloom Tomato Salad with labnah as she had enjoyed the dish previously. The flavours were delicious, torn herbs and a variety of fresh tomatoes with the addition of a soft creamy cheese.

Parlour Wine Room - Japanese Oysters

Parlour Wine Room – Japanese Oysters

Onto the seafood, and we couldn’t go past the Japanese style oysters.  The oysters were served with wakame and mirim and were perfectly sweet and salty.  I think this would have to be my favourite way to enjoy oysters.

Marinated White Anchovy

Marinated White Anchovy

We were working our way through the menu.

Mr GG loves anchovy but he is usually in the minority. Thankfully we were at a table of mostly anchovy lovers.  These delicate white anchovy were served in olive oil, dill and capers and seasoned perfectly.

Parlour Wine Rooms -El Pescado

Parlour Wine Rooms -El Pescado

The El Pescado was a perfectly cooked crispy skinned fillet served with a smokey tomato and peppers side.

Parlour Wine Room - Butter Roasted Mushroom

Parlour Wine Room – Butter Roasted Mushroom

The final dish on order was butter roasted oyster mushroom served with panko crumb and decorated with miniature pansy and violets.

Parlour Wine Room - Drinks Menu

Parlour Wine Room – Drinks Menu

The spouses decided the meal would not be complete without sampling some of the sticky dessert wines. Once again there were many options but you will have to forgive me for not remembering what they were drinking.

Thanks girls for a great catch up! xx

The Parlour Wine Rooms are a perfectly elegant and stylish setting to enjoy a delicious bite to eat with friends.

Parlour Wine Room

16 Kendall Lane, Canberra, ACT 
Ph: 02 6257 7325

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  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time together. That food looks just incredible! I was just thinking the other day I can’t believe it was a whole year ago we met in Burleigh park!

    Krissie x –

  2. The whole experience looks and sounds amazing 🙂

  3. I’m not much of a drinker, but I always have a keen eye on food with alcohol… 😀 That pork belly! YUM! I love the cider battered anchovies with aioli… Looks delicious!

  4. Alesah Villalon :

    Great plating tantamount to the excellent photography! Everything looks stunningly delectable. Isn’t it more fun to do reviews with fellow bloggers?!

  5. There were definitely some amazing little gems of flavour here Julie! Those white anchovies were amazing, and you can never go wrong with pork belly! It was so lovely to catch up in ‘real life’, hopefully one day we’ll make it up your way xox

  6. The cocktails gorgeous and spanish tapas, it’s a dream! I’m from Madrid as you know and thèses tapas looks so good! The porky crisp, you are rigth, is additif. My mum make the marinated anchovy very well, I love it!
    You are with friends in a lovely place, with a nice tapas and the cocktails and spanish beer…so what else? 😉

  7. Now I have a sudden craving for the pork belly! Those crisp battered anchovies are equally delicious.

  8. What a lovely way to catch up with other bloggers! And I bet that there was no rushing to take photos and people grumbling to hurry up too! 😛

  9. Oh that all looks very good indeed, lovely photography. Can you do a tutorial one day on your food shots? Thank you for the recommendation, I know no restaurants in Canberra, well, now I do.

  10. How lovely to spend time with Jasmine and Rebecca – two of my favourite bloggers! I think this is the restaurant where Jasmine wanted to have her wedding reception but couldn’t because of the fire. I’m so pleased it’s been able to re-open and I hope after such a tragedy, they do really well. The food certainly looks impressive and yes, I’m addicted to pork belly and how wonderful you can order a plate of crackle xx

    • Lol! I’m pleased I’m not the only one with a pork belly addiction. Yes this was the hotel jasmine was going to have her reception at.

  11. Sounds like a wonderful event, food always being the centerpiece. Great post!

  12. It sounds like a great night – and all the better for meeting some bloggers live. I am impressed with the presentation of the dishes too as it looks like lots of care was taken there.

  13. First off, I’m jealous you dined with Jas! I’m waiting for her to visit me in Colorado because I doubt I’ll get out I to Canberra in the near future! I remember this place from Jas’s post a while back. Glad you all and a great time. Time spent with fellow blogger friends is just the best! I had opportunity last week to hang out with one here in Denver and it was such a fun time. Bloggers are the best, aren’t we? 😉

  14. Going out with friends is always awesome. Going out with friends where the eats & drinks are superb…even better! Glad you had such a fab. time!

  15. Sounds like a fun catch up.

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