The Sentinel at the corner of the Terrace and William Street is an attractive, modern styled bar and restaurant. Meeting up with a friend for a drink the other night saw it packed – admittedly there was a private function out front but in the hour or so we were there the rest of the bar filled up as well.
A small but interesting drinks list is offered – beers on tap include White Rabbit, Budvar and Mountain Goat, with others by the bottle – Sierra Nevada, Rogers, Asahi. After a thirst quenching beer – White Rabbit Pale for me, Budvar Pils for my mate, we looked over the wine list.
Wines from Australia – Chaffey Brothers Riesling, Picardy Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, Robert Oatley Pinot Noir – as well as others from Italy, France, Germany and Spain feature on a well constructed list.
We settled on a bottle of 2012 Barricas Del Plata Malbec from Argentina – served in good quality Plumm stemware this dark red wine with dark plum characteristics on the nose is light to medium bodied with smooth tannins and some dusty notes on the palate. It is a reasonable quaffing wine. Anyway we quaffed it.
Although not eating on this visit, I had a glance at the food available – charred Fremantle octopus, chicken liver parfait, cured meats, potato and ricotta gnocchi, seared salmon, tiger prawn risotto and wagyu burger are among the offerings.
Sentinel is a smooth, elegant sort of place; the service we received was professional and friendly; the drinks on offer show thought and flair, and its popularity indicates it has created a niche for itself on the increasingly busy Terrace strip.