Vitis eatery slots into the Lonsdale Street revolution without subscribing to the working class chic that rules hip culture at the moment, preferring to embrace a more pastoral theme.
The very name Vitis eatery tips its hat to the botanical classification of the fruit that brings forth wine, and décor reflects the elements of a well-manicured garden. Young vines snake their way around the bar and walls are set in beds of white pebbles in metal cages, acting as a bright and carefree foil to the moody hues that dominate the paint theme. Co-owner Lucia Kovacova commands the front, ensuring patrons are in good cheer and well informed about wine choice, which covers some great Australian regions as well as Europe. Dishes here are categorised as ‘small’ and ‘large’, and most are designed to share. The Mediterranean theme runs east west through the menu with broad strokes. Quail dolmades with currants, pine nuts & cauliflower are at home next to lamb ribs, grain salad and honey yoghurt; but here they may find themselves sharing a table with peppered rib eye, mushroom mash-up and Dianne sauce. Desserts are classic and well executed. An orange brûlée is perfectly matched with chocolate sorbet, and cheeses are sourced from Europe and Australia. Overall, Vitis eatery does a smart casual ‘wine bar’ experience well. Lingering over a glass of wine is encouraged, and the kitchen is open for bar snacks between lunch and dinner service.
1/9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
02 6249 7078