We dropped into Refuge a week ago after leaving Unwined and while waiting for a train – and the bar is perfectly situated for that being right alongside and above Subiaco station.
There is always something interesting to drink on the wine list and on this occasion a glass of Snake and Herring Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River and a French rosé – Domaine de Ponteveze were our choices.
The rosé had classic strawberry and rose petal aromas, with a soft and savoury palate, while the red had a bouquet of plums, blackberries and mint, followed by a juicy rich palate of mulberries and blackcurrants.
We didn’t need any food but noted the menu has been updated since our last visit with a range of bar snacks on offer – empanadas, meatballs, wings, poppers and the like – pretty good companions to a glass of wine or beer – the latter of which they have a fine array.
One of these caught my eye – Flaming Lamington from Nail – that I had to try – a very interesting drop indeed – a chocolate stout, with a nice edge of bitterness, and flavoured with coffee, coconut and a finishing dash of chilli to spice things up!
By this time our train was no doubt arriving so we made our departure – but will return somewhat sooner between visits – a pleasant little wine list, good beer offerings, and the food sounds a good fit for the drinks.