Amani Bar in Leederville is in Oxford Street, near Vincent Street, but a little away from the main Leederville “strip”, across the road from the Luna cinema.
It is small and cosy– a long room with seating down one side and a bar along the other; more seating at the front of the room. It is nicely decorated and quite charming as you enter and a couple of seats on the footpath appeal on warm nights.
Lady FWO and I popped in as we were early for our dinner date down the street a way, and although we could only stay for a short time we had a very nice stopover.
Kicking off with a glass of Prosecco for Lady FWO and Riesling for me along with a complementary pan of popcorn, buttered and salted as snack, we settled back to relax.
Salatin Prosecco is pale lemon hued with a citrus nose – lemon and grapefruit- as well as green apple and pears; the palate has crunchy apple, lime and lemon flavours, with a refreshingly dry finish.
The Sum Riesling from the Castelli winery in the Great Southern is an old favourite – lemon blossom aromas are followed by a boost of citrus and tropical passionfruit notes supported by fine acid to a lengthy and satisfying finish.
Finding we still had time for another Lady FWO opted for Domaine De Triennes rosé – very pale pink in colour, a bouquet of strawberries, cherries (and maybe an angel’s kiss in Spring) and crushed rose petals; the palate has delicate citrus notes, is dry and crisp – lovely rosé wine.
The Sum had all dried up with my glass the last of the supply, so at the suggestion of the bar guy I had a glass of an Italian from Veneto – Monte Tondo Soave – pale straw in colour with a lifted bouquet of mandarin and nashi pears. The palate is dry but with juicy fruit flavours – oranges, nectarines and lemon, with a hint of honey on the back palate; fresh and lively.
On the few occasions we have been to Amani we have always enjoyed the stay – we haven’t yet eaten there but the small menu has plenty of dishes of appeal so we are determined to get back again, soon. The wine list is well constructed with a lot of different and interesting choices and a good by the glass selection. The waiters are friendly and helpful and it really is an inviting little place. Well worth the trip out to Leederville, we think.