On the long weekend in January we toddled, by train, to the Wine Loft at the Boatshed Market in Cottesloe to taste a great range of Pet-Nat sparkling, and then once that was finished, went on over to one of our Western suburb go-to places for a light lunch – Lamonts Wine Store.
It is a fabulous set-up – long and high wine-racks along one wall, and the low walls of wine boxes which act to partition different areas of the room – not a bad look if you are a wine lover! Styled on a European enoteca all wines are available for purchase to take away but can also be served in house for an additional corkage charge.
We sat at a small table beneath the wine racks, and checked out the menu and wine list by the glass which is small, interesting and ever changing – of course the whole store of wine is available should you choose.
As we had been imbibing sparkling we stuck to the theme- albeit in a more traditional style with a glass of Lamonts own Vintage Sparkling, 2015 –made from Cabernet Sauvignon it has a salmon blush, a bouquet of raspberries and spice and flavours of tart cranberries – crisp, dry and elegant and very drinkable.
The food revolves around share plates, both large and small and on this occasion we had three of these smaller dishes – haloumi with roasted grapes and mint – the fried haloumi, squeaky, melting and creamy, along with sweet, warm, roasted grapes and strips of aromatic and peppery mint – a simple but oh so stunning dish.
And then Abrolhos scallops cooked in the shell and sloshed with a wonderfully intense blood orange butter – the scallops juicy and lightly charred, bursting with ocean flavours, the buttery citrus sauce nailing it as a flavour contrast.
Followed by an absolutely brilliant pie – wagyu and mushroom pie, a wonderfully flaky pastry containing a juicy mix of beef and mushrooms, and topped with a gently spicy tomato chutney. Yowza….
Then to conclude proceedings we shared a dessert – buttermilk pannacotta – wobbly, creamy, with a slight tang from the buttermilk, topped with sweet, sharp passionfruit – splendid. With the dessert a glass of Lamonts excellent sticky – Navera – was a fine accompaniment – viscous, aromas of Christmas cake, allspice and dried fruit; rich, smooth, lingering palate of raisins, dark chocolate, dried orange peel. Gorgeous.
And that was it for the day – another great experience here. Lamonts Wine Store continues to kick goals – outstanding food and exceptional wine list in a homely, friendly environment – top stuff.