The BYO Wine Restaurant Thread

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FTR - Fri May 28 is 50yr anniversary of Olive Tree in Sth Melb. There is a special set menu dinner planned but I am in Cairns that night so won’t be attending.

50 continuous years with Emilio cooking up his fine steaks - just a staggering achievement 👍

Following week am planning to visit every night just cause I can - BYO as always.
 
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Thanks,
Yes, the Sun requirement is/was always going to be a challenge but that's the brief my daughter gave me....

I thought I recalled you writing up something on a Kitchen but couldn't remember its name. There seem to be quite a few "kitchens". Will give them a call. Think the food will match Hunter Shiraz?

No doubt some Chinese food will match Hunter Shiraz.

Just thought of another option. Andly Private Kitchen much more upmarket but the food is amazing there. IF you can book the entire venue for your function, that could work well.

With Chen's Kitchen, perhaps just go check it out one day for a meal before committing. Easy enough to see if it meets your needs.
 

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No doubt some Chinese food will match Hunter Shiraz.

Just thought of another option. Andly Private Kitchen much more upmarket but the food is amazing there. IF you can book the entire venue for your function, that could work well.

With Chen's Kitchen, perhaps just go check it out one day for a meal before committing. Easy enough to see if it meets your needs.
:) cheers
 

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Another fantastic Sydney restaurant in Darlinghurst
Ultra modern take on Thai cuisine with a strong Euro influence
Not cheap at $97 pp for the degustation course however BYO is available at a reasonable $10 per bottle
 
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Where is buzz? You can stop looking buzz - I found penegal! 👍

And he was in fine form at The Olive Tree last night - BYO wine as always which washed down $55 400g Wagyu scotch fillets beautifully! 👍

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As always Emelio was behind the jump cooking away as he has done almost every night for last 50 years.

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And what is a night at OT without 3 or 4 Espresso Martinis to top off the night?

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Now one thing that penegal and myself always do is to look after our mates. Hear tell there is a bunch of AFFers heading to OT on Saturday night so we felt compelled to suss out and reserve the best table in the house for our cobbers ready for their arrival:

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Youse can thank us later 👌
 

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Went to Bistro Rex yesterday. Great food and the atmosphere. Prices are moderate. Corkage is on the expensive side of $35 per bottle but the wine was properly decanted and fresh Riedel glasses offered for a new wine. So overall well worth it I thought.
 

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No doubt some Chinese food will match Hunter Shiraz.

Just thought of another option. Andly Private Kitchen much more upmarket but the food is amazing there. IF you can book the entire venue for your function, that could work well.

With Chen's Kitchen, perhaps just go check it out one day for a meal before committing. Easy enough to see if it meets your needs.
*Update:

Andly Private Kitchen last night and no one went away disappointed Not cheap but yes great food which is much better than the alternative 😁

Food went very well with Arras Grand Vintage 2008 and 2014 Magnum 1921 Vines Old Paddock Shiraz and 2008 Red Queen. The 2 shiraz were poles apart, both good but I preferred the Hunter over Eden Valley.

Importantly, as it was my daughter's 21st she liked both... and the food.

Thanks for the recommendation.
 

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Went to Bistro Rex yesterday. Great food and the atmosphere. Prices are moderate. Corkage is on the expensive side of $35 per bottle but the wine was properly decanted and fresh Riedel glasses offered for a new wine. So overall well worth it I thought.
I just realised I used to walk past this on my way home a couple of times a week - when I was doing the Mon-Fri thing in Sydney. Seems like I should have dropped in! Those days of travelling are a distant memory now...
 
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So when my city heads into lockdown I head to HQ - or Olive Tree to be precise:

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Standard fare at OT in recent times is:

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Plus:

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Plus:

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Plus:

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And what night at OT is complete without an Espresso Martini?

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Yeah yeah - I can hear you saying that diet will hasten your demise quick smart due to 'Artery Strangulation' - well I can give you a couple of scenarios that can bring you undone much quicker:
  • Listening to qaz and boomy trying to outdo each other with their latest wine purchase savings - threepence here - sixpence there - that'll bore you to death in no time
  • Waiting for cove or TommyVexille to shout you a beer - short arms and long pockets those too - you'll die of thirst way before you get a beer from either of them
OT has been operating with owner Emelio cooking every night for 50 years - I have been going here for 34 years - ALWAYS a pleasure to eat here - last nights offerings just superb.

No 2 daughter Tania in charge last night - I extended my sympathy to Emelio and Tania re this latest lockdown - Emelio shrugged his shoulders and grinned saying 'Whatta you goin' to do?' - Tania shaking her head as dad walked away and said 'Tony we are just so lucky we have been able to survive - we have so many friends in restaurant trade who haven't survived'
 

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Good on ya for heading in last night.

You should have texted, we might have been able to drop by.
 

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A consolation in this 5th lockdown to see your Restaurant Review of Olive Tree. By the photos it certainly looks like the standard is well maintained.
 

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Having a bit of difficulty flying to Melbourne at the moment from Perth. CE thinks I should be shipping some Margaret River special reds instead of us rocking up in person. Funny thing is my older brother lives in the same street as Olive Tree and i don’t think he has ever been there.
 
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