One of the best wine bars in town, Shadow, part of the Alex Hotel, is back in business after the lockdown and restrictions on hospitality venues; so, it was with great anticipation, I went along for lunch last Friday.
With one of the best wine lists around town, it is an essential destination for any wine lover – especially if you are looking for some wines a little out of the ordinary. It is also hard to go past the food here – the menu lists a great, and changing, array of dishes, showing originality, talent and not a little flair.
After being seated, a complimentary plate of fried sage leaves in light crispy chickpea batter gave us a taste of what was to come.
Then one of the small bites from the menu continued our culinary journey – an in-house made potato crisp – a world away from those you buy in packets – was topped with shredded crab meat and lemon infused aioli – well seasoned, creamy, succulent, and gone all too soon… just a taster with our first wine.
And that wine – a bottle of the Tim Wildman 2018 Astro Bunny Pet Nat – made from a mix of Nero D’Avola, Vermentino and Zibibbo, the colour halfway between cloudy orange and salmon pink, with a nose displaying strawberry and mealy apple aromas, and the palate peaches, nectarines and citrus flavours. Just a little fizz in this delicious wine.
More food – grilled Tiger prawns – split and scattered with pangratatto – sweet, succulent prawns, crunchy topping – another dish that hit all the markers.
A flakingly tender fillet of Red emperor followed – cooked aqua pazza style, poached in a tomato and herb broth – along with juicy local clams – delicious flavours and perfectly turned out.
A bowl of crisped triple cooked potatoes with sauce verde filled up any hollows left.
Well we did manage another bottle of wine – Das Juice rosé from McLaren Vale – made from Sangiovese it has a bouquet of strawberries and spice, while the palate, dry and crisp, is full of the flavours of raspberry, tart cherry and just a little grapefruit.
The visit to Shadow was long anticipated and all expectations were met, and more – Shadow really is at the pinnacle of wine bars around Perth. And it was great so see, by the time we left, that the lunchtime crowd was filling the place up. With the move to Stage 4 this weekend that can only improve. Get along.