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Carlisle Wine Bar

Address
Address:
137 Carlisle Street
Balaclava VIC 3183
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 3 9531 3222
Cuisine
Cuisine: Italian
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$$$
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Looking for a place to impress? Try the long-standing Carlisle Wine Bar, a veritable institution in Balaclava. Best known for its award winning wine list and generous Italian fare, there’s also a wonderfully romantic atmosphere within the dining room that won’t make it to the guidebook. Bring a loved one for a glass of red and an antipasti board, or make a meal of it and see where the night takes you.

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LOCATION
Balaclava, close St. Kilda

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Taking up residence in a somewhat unlikely position, the Carlisle Wine Bar is an absolute must whether you’re in the area or not. With a sultry feel originating from the dark timber and red leather banquettes, low lighting and faux antiques, this long narrow space certainly has a lot to offer. Excellent food aside, there’s a tempting cocktail list that’s frighteningly affordable, an extremely well crafted wine list, and even a DJ on Fridays.

Chef and owner Marco Santucci (ex-Caffe e Cucina and Borlotto’s) has created a menu brimming with rustic southern Italian charm. Start with an entree of spicy pistachio-crumbed calamari served on a salad of wild rocket, radicchio, witlof, fresh herbs and orange segments, or the twice baked goats cheese and chive souffle. Follow with a pasta or risotto dish like the linguini di cozze with black mussels, cherry tomato, capers, chilli, garlic and white wine, or a main of rabbit bianco (braised rabbit served on a crispy polenta with sauteed fennel and green olives). Finish with the chocolate fondant served with caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice-cream. The extensive and well crafted wine list offers many less common varieties with a strong Italian emphasis.

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 Awarded One Glass
The Age Good Bar Guide 2012-2013

 Awarded Two Goblets
Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards 2012

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