The Purl Bar in Rokeby Road has a very attractive look to it- and from appearances, promises much. We went along for a drink on our way home a few days ago and, while service was friendly and the place was comfortable, the wine list lacked something we thought.
There are quite limited options by the glass – on the white side a couple of sweet whites, an unwooded chardonnay and a sav blanc – none of the more interesting wines – Riesling, Pinot Gris for example are available by the glass which is unfortunate. Similarly on the rosé front the offering by the glass is more a sweet red than a rosé – there are myriad of good relatively inexpensive rosés around and not have a better selection is disappointing in a bar.
As for the reds, having Hill of Grace and Grange available is all very well, but rather than include $950 wines a better selection at more moderate prices would add appeal to the list I reckon. The sparkling list is somewhat better with a couple of Australians, a champagne and prosecco by the glass.
Still we sat back with a glass of Chidlows Well Classic White and of Chandon Brut sparkling– the latter a good example of a mid-range Australian sparkling, the classic white too sweet by far for the style.
We glanced over the menu and the food looks to be what could be described as classic pub fare – salt and pepper squid, duck tacos, chilli prawns, pizza, pasta, chicken parma, lamb rump, fish of the day – nothing too innovative but if done well then that’s OK – we will have to come back another day to try the food. But the style of the place seems to be crying out for some different dishes that would cause it to stand out from the pub over the road. Really not sure what to make of it at this stage.