Sydney, New South Wales

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Vaucluse gets a wine bar. Thank the heavens. The team behind Grumpy Baker have expanded their bakery-café into a restaurant for laid-back dinners, they have opened Little Grumpies cooking school for children next door and now they have opened a Lilliputian sized wine bar aptly named the Pigeonhole. This warm, earthy space is serving full-throttled Modern Australian fare with Middle Eastern undertones and a serious list of drops. Local residents have put up a fuss about late-night trading in the area, but with a space as teeny as this, it's hardly going to make a dent in resident's oh so precious parking regimes.
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767 Old South Head Rd,
Shop 6
Vaucluse NSW 2030





Bar snacks, Modern Australian

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Little Grumpies becomes a licensed premises in the evening and people can overflow into there if the Pigeonhole is full. It is popular with larger groups and families dining with children in the evenings as there is a great kid's menu, which includes home-made chicken schnitzel crumbed with organic sourdough breadcrumbs, carrot and cucumber sticks, kids salad and pan-fried snapper. Pigeonhole is an adults-only affair with soothing beats and child-free conversation.


Opening a wine bar in Vaucluse is not an easy task. Just ask Michael and Deb, who in November 2012 decided to expand upon their already successful hospitality portfolio (which includes The Grumpy Baker café on the corner of Old South Head Road and an adorable children's cooking school ‘Little Grumpies') with the addition of Pigeonhole.
With local crowds swarming the tiny cafe every weekend, The Grumpy Baker has solidified its place in the Eastern Suburbs brunch scene. Unfortunately, whilst the locals were ready for the delights of freshly baked fig and walnut sourdough or perhaps their organic carrot loaf, the thought of a glass of vino and an intimate dinner sent shivers down their spines.

"Think of all the loud noise it will cause!" they whaled. But low and behold, after countless council and resident meetings the shallow banter was swept aside and Pigeonhole was born. Like the name rightly suggests, Pigeonhole is a teeny den only large enough for about 15 people. The smartly dressed space sports weathered brick walls, wrap-around leather bench seating and chic cowhide ottomans. The bar is illuminated by a hanging installation of glass-jar lights, and tea-light candles adorn each table, keeping the atmosphere intimate and worthy of sweetheart wooing.

The menu is composed of Modern Australian share plates spanning from pan-fried haloumi wrapped in vine leaves to slow cooked lamb shoulder. There is a good assortment of vegetable sides too and a list of chef's specials that change regularly. A starter dish of tuna carpaccio, dappled with pieces of soft-boiled egg, comes alive with a tangy wasabi and soy dressing. The chef's special – a perfectly pink rump steak adorned with two prawns and a liberal butter-infused dressing is easily a one-person main course. There is a small wine list showcasing Australian and international drops with a handful available by the glass.
Opening a wine bar in Vaculuse is a brave thing to do and we just hope the locals get behind it as this is exactly what the area needs.
Sami Jo Adelman

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U - 5/09/2013
Great find. Amazing value. Spatchcock was superb and heirloom tomato salad tasted really of tomatoes!! Beats anything in Rose Bay. Highly recommended.
Brek - 12/01/2013
Was driving from Watsons bay and noticed a small restaurant/cafe at the junction of Old and New South Head Roads. We weren't expecting to find such great food so very pleased we stopped. We tried a few small plates and enjoyed them all.. But the snapper (generous size) and pork belly were our favourites. Good wine and friendly staff made a very enjoyable evening.. Great to find a place away from noisy Bondi Road and with easy parking