209 William Street, Northbridge
Gnocchi Gnocchi? Who's There? GRAPESKIN!
Nestled in the heart of bustling Northbridge is a wine bar that checks all the boxes.
Its quiet and relaxing atmosphere set aside from the hustle and bustle of the Northbridge precinct makes Grapeskin a perfect place for a lunchtime meal or after-work drink, listening to the whispering smooth sounds of jazz.
Head Chef Brenton Phelps created his tapas-style menu as the ultimate compliment to Grapeskin’s unique atmosphere, and it contains a number of dishes perfect for sharing with friends over a glass of red. There is a selection of share plates on offer but the Tasting Plate of the Day offers a bit of variety to the fussy diner with lemon arancini, feta and sun-dried tomato frittata, grilled chorizo, feta cheese, olives and slices of crisp Pizza Bianca.
A glass of the 2000 Peel Estate Shiraz is the suggested wine and a perfect accompaniment to the tasting plate. The friendly bar staff will happily suggest a great wine to accompany your selected meals, and with a very extensive cellar - over 250 bottles - Grapeskin has a wine to suit nearly everyone’s palate.
But if sharing a meal isn’t your thing and you’re after something a little more substantial, Grapeskin definitely doesn’t disappoint. Most popular with the lunchtime crowd are the $8.50 meal specials that run Monday to Thursday. Our fish of the day special was moist succulent Barramundi fillets crisply pan-fried and served with lemon risotto and a Thai-style salad. The strong acidity of the lemon risotto paired perfectly with the pan-fried fish while the crisp clean tastes of the salad with cucumber, tomato, fennel and coriander balanced the rich consistency of the risotto creating a very well rounded and tasty dish.
If your not a fan of seafood and want something a little more Australian, the lamb cutlets served with creamy smooth potato mash, green beans and carrots make for a very delicious and hearty meal. Or you could try one of Grapeskin’s prided pizzas such as the chicken, mushroom, prosciutto, creamy basil pesto and parmesan pizza, wood-fired on a thin light base.
But if you’re really after a mind-blowing taste sensation then look no further than the Basil and Ricotta Gnocchi. It’s smooth and creamy and melts in your mouth, served - but not swimming - in a mild blue cheese sauce with parmesan crust and crushed hazelnuts. With such a rich flavoured dish the recommended wine is the 2006 Mountadam Riesling that succeeds in cleansing the palate between mouthfuls with its crisp clean finish.
After your meal, stay for a glass or two of the 2006 Saint Clair Chardonnay. It’s the suggested wine to compliment the Cheese Plate Trio. The plate is a very satisfying nibble with substantial slices of West Australian Capel Club Cheddar, Shadows of Blue from Gippsland Victoria, and Wattle Valley Brie from New Zealand, along with a selection of fresh and dried fruits, toasted nuts and crispbread. It provides a lovely spread to wind down an evening, and the Saint Clair’s sweet and light flavour balances the cheeses and highlights the selected fruit beautifully.