When Trustee first opened the restaurant spread over two floors – since the middle of 2014 the bistro has been situated only in the basement level, along with the Garden lounge, while the top floor is taken up by the funky new bar – Angel’s Cut. Dominated by a large wooden angel, frozen in flight and suspended over the bar, this is a very attractive spot. Comfortable chairs and stools, little nooks and crannies where you can get a little privacy and a boardroom type set up at the front for meetings and private parties.
Sitting by the windows towards the back you get a good view to the Garden bar below and across to Brookfield Place, and we set up shop here the other day – we were on our way to dine at the bistro but thought we would stop in and grab a drink at the bar before going downstairs.
The bar has a small bar snacks menu – olives, oysters, fried squid tentacles, chicken wings – and we ordered a bowl of spiced nuts (almonds, cashews and peanuts) to nibble on with our drinks.
It is in the realm of drinks that Angel’s Cut sets itself apart from many other bars around town. The wine list is extensive – 200 bottled wines listed and divided as 100 below $100 and 100 above – plus many more special wines on demand. It is quite extraordinary, the depth and breadth of the wines on offer make it among the best lists in WA.
Apart from the wine they also have a massive range of rums available – if you are a fan of the fermented sugarcane product you should definitely have Angel’s Cut high on your list of places to visit.
Wines by the glass are not quite as extensive – 8 or so of each of red and white as well as sparkling, champagne and dessert wines. They also boast the Coravin system which allows you to purchase some absolute top shelf wine by the glass – Mount Mary Quintet for example. Anyway we settled on a glass of Best’s 2014 Riesling for me and one of 2014 Rusden Poco Loco rosé for Lady FWO.
The rosé, an interesting blend of Grenache, Mataro, Cinsault and Ugni Blanc from the Barossa, is light salmon in colour, with strawberries and peach aromas, and a fresh, fruit driven palate, beautifully dry and crisp; it was a lovely example of what is more a French style rosé.
Best’s, from the Grampians in Victoria, are one of that state’s best producers and their Riesling is a fine example of their skill. Light straw in colour, lifted citrus on the nose, and piercing lime juice flavours on the palate, with a long, satisfying finish, it is a top quality example of a wine from this, the greatest, white grape.
So, Angel’s Cut – classy fit out in this historic building, great location, outstanding drinks list, a snappy range of snacks and bar food, and welcoming, friendly waiters and barstaff. As well a short walk down the staircase to a brilliant bistro and it all adds up to an essential stop for anyone interested in good food and wine.
After our drinks we did indeed head down to the bistro and the fantastic meals we had there will be the subject of a further report in the not too distant future. Angel’s Cut is definitely recommended.