***Restaurant permanently closed…replaced by Hang Out Bar and Cafe***
Entertainment Book Card : 25% off (up to a value of $50)
Just Wine and Tapas Bar is located on Preston Street in Como right next to the Cygnet Cinema. Our main aim that night was to attend a Women In Engineering (WIE) movie function in Cygnet Cinema – the premiere of “Eat, Love, Pray” and decided to find a joint in Como to catch-up over dinner beforehand. Looking through the Entertainment Book, we found this restaurant offering a sumptuous tapas-style degustation menu of 11 tapas for only $50pp! Taking the discount into account, it was only $37.50pp, what a great deal! We all agreed in one accord. A note – they also offer an 18 tapas option which includes some dessert for $70pp. As we only had an hour period for dinner, we did not go for the bigger menu.
Just Wine and Tapas Bar has a great outlook both inside and out. The joint is not too big, with probably 6-7 tables on the inside and a semi-alfresco area making up the rest. They have quite stylish decor and a chic back wallpaper, I was admiring it from where I was sitting! It’s similar to what they use in the Red Room and Blue Room in the MinQ Bar, a velvety patterned material. I love it! I’d actually observed a few restaurants adopting this, maybe it’s a new trend 🙂
Just Bar also has a semi-open kitchen (you can see the chef running around during the busy times and admire his great multi-tasking skills! bravo!) with a wine display counter mounted at the back. And what a fine and extensive selection of wine to complement the menu. Nice!
We didn’t actually get a menu of the degustation menu so we trustingly waited for the staff to bring them out and explain what they were. Poor me was trying to remember the names so I could blog about them – Iphone to the rescue 🙂
PS: Please excuse the light exposure in some of the photos – they are inconsistent and mostly overexposed, my camera doesn’t take good night photo! I need a new one!!
Anyways, back to the menu, here we go:
- Potato and celeriac soup – the soup came in a cute little white cup and was thick and tasty. Like.
- Thai papaya salad – simple dish and complemented the meat dishes well.
- Bread, olives and dip – great bread, soft and warm and went well with the olive/balsamic, olive and white bean dip, you can never go wrong with this starter!
- Duck liver and brandy pate with port and cranberry jelly and baguette – this dish seem to be an acquired taste and I was a convert since last year after tasting a few in various degus, so a win for me. It was very good!
- Smoked ham terrine – a fancy ham pate/meatloaf, didn’t quite like the smoked ham taste but it was an ok dish.
- Exmouth king prawn with Singapore sauce – lovely big prawns with an interesting sauce, almost reminded me of the singapore chilli crab..except with prawns.
- Goldband snapper with chervil and butter sauce – my favourite dish that night with the snapper skin grilled to crisp whilst retaining the flesh softness and finished with a creamy butter sauce. Yum!
- Aged sirloin with field mushroom – my 2nd favourite dish as it was a meat dish (needed something to fill me up!) and the field mushroom is a bonus, love them!
- Lamb fillet with Dijon mustard and drunken currant – after the previous 2 dishes, this didn’t quite compare :p
- Broccolini – love this veggie, becoming popular recently and great accompaniment to any dish!
- Kiwi and midori granita – had a cleansing effect in between dishes, great!
Overall it was an awesome night and a great degus menu. We only had one hour to dine and they managed to serve everything in time. Service was great – staff was friendly and took time to explain each dish to us. The only thing I missed was the dessert, I think I need to go back and try the other degus option! A great option for a nice and reasonably priced tapas degustation dinner!
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
Rating by: N.L.