The romantic ambiance, smooth service and excellent wine list are reasons to visit Entwine Bar and Restaurant, recently opened in the North Shore dining hub of Neutral Bay.
Head chef, Michael Guirguis has experimented with a wide variety of cuisines which can be seen on the diverse tapas menu. The wine list is particularly well thought out, with a wide variety of wines from all over the world.
We tried the tasting flight, starting with tuna tartare served with wasabi, harissa and pickled ginger. The seafood was delightfully fresh with a strong hit of fresh wasabi, not for the weak-nosed but delicious if you like a wasabi hit! It was matched with a light, slightly sweet La Belle Pierre Blanc from Beaucaire, France. Next was lemon infused chicken with butternut pumpkin and mushroom trifolati. Trifolati is an Italian term meaning ‘cooked in oil, parsley and garlic’ and the risotto the mushrooms came in was rich, creamy and delicious.
The chicken was a little dry but excellently herbaceous. With this we had a Dalwhinnie Chardonnay from Victoria, an elegant wine with citrus and honey notes. Next was a taste of the pulled pork in a smokey bbq sauce which was sweet and very tender. A Chanterives Bourgogne Pinot Noir from Cote-d’or in France, a light, fruity red brought out the smokey flavour of the meat.
Our experience was made special by the wonderful service and extensive knowledge by our waitress. To finish we tried the apple crumble, which was a simple, delicious finish to the meal. If you are in Neutral Bay, it is a great spot for a date night or girly catch up (their cocktails looked excellent too!).