Settling in at Parlour Bar
by The Editor
It seems all the action is occurring over on the western side of Canberra City. With the recent arrival of Molly and QT Hotel, as well as the completion last year of the last bits and pieces of NewActon, there’s a lot going on once you cross Northbourne Avenue.
We decided to spend an evening at one of NewActon’s newest (and oldest) venues – Parlour Wine Room. You may have been there during the three years it was open prior to the tragic fire that started in Flint Restaurant and took Parlour with it, however, rest assured the new Parlour Wine Room is something far beyond what previously existed.
Walking up the to the balcony entry via the steps from Kendall Lane provides a feeling of grandeur. Parlour has always had a friendly feel – and this is maintained – however it’s hard not to feel more than a little bit special as you head inside.
An incredible bar – surely the most impressive in town – dominates the space. Lined with high stools finished with soft leather, it’s a glorious place to settle for a classic cocktail from Parlour’s list. Watching the staff prepare delicious drinks only encourages you to linger longer, however, it’s best to retire to a table and sample from the menu.
The menu is something to behold – a playful collection of Spanish-inspired flavours with dishes that are perfect for sharing. Developed by Brad Warton – long-time favourite of the Canberra dining scene with stints at First Floor and Ottoman Cuisine – and the Parlour kitchen crew, everything from Marinated White Anchovies through to indulgent Pork Belly is served at a price that will ensure you are doing more damage to your waistline than your hip pocket. Be wary of how quickly the hours pass by, we barely glimpsed at our watch before discovering we’d been there four hours.
As with the old Parlour Wine Room, that wonderful combination of quality product matched with friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere is at the fore, ensuring there is no bad time to drop in, pop in, or settle in to one of the comfortable couches with equally easy conversation. Fans of the old Parlour will find the essence of the old bar is certainly still there. What’s really exciting is where it will go from here.
Oh, and the martinis? They are absolutely delicious. However that is a subject for another time.