Dinner @ Benchmark Wine Bar – Canberra

Benchmark Wine bar

65 Northbourne Avenue
CANBERRA ACT 2600

http://www.benchmarkwinebar.com.au

The Good

An excellent meal from start to finish shared with two friends. Bookended by complimentary appertizers and pre-dessert courses, we shared six tapas-style dishes all prepared with good technique and ingredients. The anchovy crostini, cuttlefish and foie gras were particular standouts. 

Service was helpful, friendly and attentive throughout the meal.

The wine list is fantastic, unsurprisingly for a wine bar, with some marvellous Chianti Classico wines available.

While the restaurant furnishings are basic, as befitting a wine bar, the space and tables are very comfortable. Most importantly, there is excellent spacing between tables so you are not forced to intrude on other tables’ private conversations.

The Bad

The prices are consistent with the most expensive restaurants in Canberra ($45 for duck liver pate? Ouch!) so the restaurant is definately not priced for casual visits unless one is there only for a glass of wine and perhaps one or two tapas dishes. However, the prices are not unreasonable when the quality of the overall meal is taken into consideration.

The Meal

Scallop @ Benchmark Wine Bar - fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com

Amuse Bouche

Pork Belly @ Benchmark Wine Bar - fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com

PORK BELLY with pickled daikon and alpine pepper

Anchovy @ Benchmark Wine Bar - fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com

ORTIZ ANCHOVIES on crostini with truffled salsa

Zucchini Flowers @ Benchmark Wine Bar - fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com

ZUCCHINI FLOWERS stuffed with goat’s cheese, finger lime and capers

Cuttlefish @ Benchmark Wine Bar - fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com

CUTTLEFISH with a thai pomelo salad and fresh coriander

Foie Gras @ Benchmark Wine Bar - fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com

DUCK LIVER lafitte ‘foie gras de canard’ with fig sauterne sauce

Sausage plate @ Benchmark Wine Bar - fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com

SAUSAGE PLATE with lamb merguez, beef tomato and onion, veal and herb, pork, fennel and white wine sausages, served with tomato chutney 

Sorbet @ Benchmark Wine Bar - fatmanthinwallet.wordpress.com

 Sorbet


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