The State Buildings house a host of great eating and drinking spots with Petition Wine and Merchant one of our favourites – a wine bar and bottle shop – perfect. The wine list in the wine bar changes regularly and always includes interesting and different wines – while the retail side has one of the best ranges of wine going around – again they stock many wines you will just never see in the big chain stores. The wine selection covers many smaller and boutique wineries, especially those dedicated to organic and biodynamic production, both from Australia and overseas and which should captivate any wine lover.
It is in the heart of the State Buildings, opening out to the soaring ceilings of the Postal Hall where you can grab a table and amongst the greenery sit back and relax with excellent small dishes available from Petition Kitchen – and on our most recent visit we enjoyed a couple of these – first off Stracciatella with heritage tomatoes and Spanish onion – juicy, sweet tomatoes sitting atop a splodge of creamy soft cheese, with a fleck or so of onion to add crunch.
Our second dish – Kingfish crudo with cucumber, horseradish and crème fraiche – thinly sliced, succulent fish fanned across the plate – simply outstanding.
Of course a glass or two of wine was also needed – and we began with a glass of Jericho rosé for Lady FWO and Tripe Iscariot Wilyabrup Chenin Blanc for me, and then moved onto SC Pannell Basso Grenache.
As always I find it hard to resist a bottle or two to take away and so Brave New Wine’s latest Grenache and Riesling blend – Noon Shine – and a bottle of the Jericho rosé (a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meuniere and Pinot Gris from the Adelaide Hills) accompanied us home.
Petition Wine and Merchant continues to be one of our favourite spots – excellent food and wine, welcoming and friendlly staff – in fabulous surrounds.