A Toast to Tradition: Neighbourhood Wine Celebrates a Decade of Simplicity and Excellence

Eat, Melbourne, Restaurants / 30 May 2023

Fitzroy North’s dining scene was forever transformed ten years ago when Almay Jordaan and Simon Denman presented the neighbourhood with a gem: Neighbourhood Wine.

A decade on, this cosy bistro and wine bar holds its ground, dishing out seasonal fare, low-intervention wines, and a notable Sunday roast. For the uninitiated, Neighbourhood Wine is an emblem of Jordaan and Denman’s passion for simplicity, tradition, and quality. Their unwavering commitment to sustainability and local produce has etched them as luminaries in Melbourne’s bustling food industry. This iconic establishment has given birth to sibling venues, Old Palm Liquor and Bahama Gold, cementing the duo’s footprint in the culinary landscape.

Marking their 10-year milestone, Jordaan reflects, “Our commitment to seasonality, sustainability and warm hospitality has been the foundation of our decade-long success. We look forward to discovering new potentials that these principles offer in the future.”

Jordaan’s culinary philosophy is shaped by a rural upbringing in South Africa’s Western Cape, comprehensive professional training, and a rich work history in London and her home country. Her cooking style brings together French and Italian techniques with an emphasis on locally sourced, seasonal produce. Her extensive knowledge of cookbooks and food has equipped her with a creative vision that is both approachable and unique.

Perhaps the perfect testament to Jordaan’s culinary prowess is her celebrated Sunday roast. This carefully curated three-course affair varies with the season and availability of quality produce, consistently delivering a hearty, well-executed meal. An appetising starter might be sourdough bread and bresaola, followed by the pièce de résistance: beef porterhouse accompanied by crisp potatoes, braised greens and a Yorkshire pudding, all bathed in a rich, house-made jus. A dessert of orange cake and chantilly cream brings a delightful end to the feast.

Denman, a Melbourne native with a diverse background in the wine industry, ensures that the wine offerings at Neighbourhood Wine match the high standard set by Jordaan’s cuisine. His curated list, encompassing 750 unique bottles with 30 available by the glass, is a testament to his passion for provenance and sustainability. Whether you prefer an old world classic or a contemporary drop, you’re guaranteed to find a selection that fits your palate.

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, Neighbourhood Wine invites you to celebrate their decade-long journey and experience the warm hospitality, quality food, and excellent wines that have made them a Melbourne mainstay.