The initial pop up, Churchill, that took the place of Trustee has added a W, and located completely downstairs below Brookfield Place (neighbouring Choo Choo Bar) and has moved on from its sports bar status –and that is all to the good.
Still inspired by Winston, they also pay homage to the old boy’s favourite champagne – Pol Roger – and another of his tipples of choice – gin – with around 100 to choose from!
There is both inside and outside seating – the latter being particularly popular for lunch – and the menu changes according to the time of day – the lunch menu being somewhat smaller and more pub food oriented – the evening menu much more to my taste.
Inside the dining room is moodily lit, with wood and leather and generally resembling a club from the Churchill era – the food and drink interesting and varied.
Alpha Box and Dice are producing some excellent wines from McLaren Vale and the Langhorne Crreek sourced Rebel Rebel Montepulciano was a ripper – deep bright red, earthy aromas combining with lifted cherry and chocolate notes, and a fresh, juicy palate of plums, tart cranberries and chocolate.
To the food – well I have heard about this dish and just had to try it – fried Brussel sprouts served with vegemite butter were a revelation. The earthy, pungent flavours of the crisped sprouts, smoky, charry flavours added and then the delight of salty, yeasty vegemite cream. Loved them!
Cauliflower Tacos for example are not a common sight – and these were very good – roasted cauliflower, served with soft tortilla, put together yourself with a smear of nutty hummus and topped with smoked corn, red chilli, a squeeze from a cheek of lime– top stuff!
Then polpette – juicy meatballs dowsed in spicy sugo and a sprinkled with parmesan – also impressed – succulent meat, full of flavour.
Our final choice, more tacos – this time crisply fried fish fillets encased in soft tortilla, charred corn, chilli, lime aioli – excellent and a very generous serve.
All of our dishes, along with the wine combined for a top dining experience.
W Churchill has really settled into the iconic WA Trustee building with a great fit out, interesting and innovative food and a top wine and drinks list. Well worth popping along and saluting Winston and his era.