Wine & Larder Bistro
Wine & Larder Bistro started life in 2017 as The Local Larder & Wine Bar, before transforming into Wine & Larder Bistro in 2018 under the ownership of James Alcock and Stephanie Fausz. The duo built the locale into a beloved neighbourhood haunt, with its impeccable wine list and menu of European-inspired fare making it a suburban icon. James and Stephanie sold the business to Mark Whitaker and Leah Shelton in 2022, who reopened Wine & Larder Bistro with a few of their own signature stamps applied. Mark, a sommelier, has hand-picked a list of more than 50 wines – including a rotating selection of 25 wines available by the glass – encompassing Australian and international drops (including a few from Mark’s favourite region, Beaujolais) as well as some high-end sips served via Coravin. Beyond vino, Wine & Larder serves craft beer from Aether on tap, a tight selection of spirits and a bevy of non-alcoholic beverages including Heaps Normal’s Quiet XPA and Lyre’s spirits. The kitchen continues the established European feel, offering everything from snacks and small plates to a full meal. Guests will spy chicken liver parfait, pork-and-pistachio terrine, tarte flambée, tuna crudo, cheese from The Cheeseboard in Albion and charcuterie from Saison Salumi. Moving forward, Mark and Leah are eager to host one-off dinners overseen by guest chefs as well as making Wine & Larder the home of Mark’s Grape Sense events.