The Standard is a relatively new bar in Roe Street – and looks to have a great future. On Friday afternoon, accompanied by one of my trusty team of reviewers I went along to have a look. Entering off Roe you come into a largish bar and seating area, all very attractive and inviting – but for me the real place to be is in the garden area at the back – and even better the rooftop garden above the outside bar. It is a fantastic spot to sit, relax and refresh.
The garden area is resplendent with umbrellas shading the tables and chairs, interspersed with greenery in planter tubs and it also houses an enclosed bar which doubles as the foundations of the neat little rooftop or mezzanine garden up the stairs.
The wine list is not overly large but brilliantly constructed. About nine of the whites can also be bought by the glass and include such beauties as Woodlands 2013 Chardonnay; Ochota Barrels 2014 Gewurtztraminer; and Te Awa Left Field Sauvignon Blanc. Among the by the glass reds are an Italian Nebbiolo, Patrizi 2012 and a Samso/Grenache blend from Spain, Plic Plic Plic 2010 – both excellent drops and I can attest as I tried them both.
The list also contains some nice sparkling, some excellent aperitifs, including Cocchi Americano; but its most outstanding element is that it includes six rosés all available by the glass and from Australia, Spain and France. This was such a surprise as for some reason most of the bars around town have at best one or two rosés when they are simply the perfect summer drink – ask anyone from France. As it is also the preferred tipple of Lady FWO I am sure she will be coming along with me next time I visit.
As I had already lunched the day I went, I didn’t eat here but the menu looks pretty good, too – built around small shared plates it includes beef carpaccio with wasabi and soy; spanner crab salad; and a fish and prawn burger. There is also a charcuterie plate and even a seafood charcuterie plate. Next time I will be definitely dining in.
Service was friendly and prompt – we were alone on the rooftop but waiting staff popped up to ensure we were not going thirsty.
This is top little bar and a very welcome addition to the burgeoning Northbridge small bar scene. It is absolutely recommended.