In Canberra last week for a few days I was luckily able to visit some of the eating and drinking hotspots – both familiar ones and some new to me – and one of the former was Parlour Wine Room in the New Acton precinct. It was great to get back here.
This is a delightful place in the old Acton Hotel buildings with a lovely outdoor area where we set up to enjoy a lunch in the warmth of a sunny autumn day – on the way to the restaurant we stopped in at the adjacent Nishi Gallery and spent some time looking at an exhibition by local Collector boy Luke Chiswell – fabulous paintings and sculptures making use of a lot of foraged and cast off materials, and we were particularly taken with his innovative use of epoxy. Well worth a visit before it concludes this weekend – and I am sure similar top class exhibitions will follow.
Anyway, on to Parlour – we were after a lightish lunch – and the menu suited that – a choice of 4 salads, 4 burgers, 4 pasta dishes and a couple of desserts – all with a Spanish or Mexican name and twist.
And salad it was for us – first off Pablo – a pretty dish of grilled prawns – sweet and crunchy – with orange segments, black olives, shaved fennel, buttery and salty goat cheese and a light dousing of sherry dressing. Looked a picture on the plate and the ingredients provided a mix of flavours and complementary textures. Lovely, light and fresh.
Santiago was next –salty Serrano ham, served with tomato and basil, creamy blue cheese crumbled over, peppery dressing and a crisp lavosh. Another well-presented dish full of contrasting flavours and textures. Both really hit all the markers.
And of course lunch would not be the same without a glass or two of appropriate wine and from their very good wine list we chose a bottle of a Canberra local – Lerida Estate’s excellent Pinot Noir rosé – just the thing for a sunny day eating al fresco! Cherry, raspberry and crushed rose petal bouquet, crisp elegant plate of strawberries and cranberries – refreshing and light.
Parlour is a must visit we think when in Canberra – the surrounds in New Acton are splendid and the wine and food top class – combined with friendly and professional waiters it really is worth dropping in.