“Heard it on the Grapevine” – Vitis Braddon Opens its Doors
by The Editor
Last night, the evolution of Braddon kicked up another gear this Thursday with a preview of Vitis Eatery in the old Ostratos site. As construction continues unabated along the strip, it was fantastic to see another venue prepare to throw open its doors.
Entering the room reveals a very open feel. High ceilings – decorated with simple pine mobiles – soar over the wooden floor. In the front part of Vitis, there is a relaxed feel, with simple untreated wooden furniture placed sparsely around near the wall-to-floor bi-fold windows. It’s a space to mingle and relax, enjoying a glass of wine or craft beer with one of the many sharing plates on offer.
On preview night, we tasted from a selection of simple snacking dishes – including mini-fish cakes and Arancini Balls. All showed a fabulous depth of flavour with a sophisticated twist – due largely to the skills of the kitchen led by Yarrick Meisner and Jeff Lamshed. The food is described as Mod-Oz – which we take to mean ‘everything delicious’ – and the full menu will be viewed with great interest once Vitis formally opens on Friday 13 June 2014
Down towards the kitchen, a more formal dining space presents itself, with more untreated furniture – still elegantly crafted – organised in a more traditional setting. The gentle curves of the dining chairs are reminiscent of furniture that once may have been found in a primary school, and adds a playful touch to the space.
One of the clever little design touches throughout Vitis is the way vines are interwoven through mesh frames staked with large, white pebbles. Vitis is the scientific name for the family of vines used for growing wine, and the introduction of plant-life around the bar, along the walls and as dividers between spaces is a lovely touch. We can’t wait to see the way these grow over time, and imagine a plush environment in which to dine over the next six to twelve months.
As for Vitis, the wine-list is looking very interesting. While not fully stocked for the preview, the large wine rack between the bar and dining spaces was already showing a few interesting selections. While our eyes were immediately drawn to the wonderfully familiar 2011 Collector Marked Tree Shiraz, a little digging about revealed treats including a 2011 Beau Mayne Bordeaux.
How very intriguing!
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