Fatien Bar à Vin
60 Robertson Quay
6836 6110 | lamaisonfatien.com
Who Drinks There?
Opened in early December 2012, Fatien – Bar à Vin is frequented by a mixed crowd of expats and locals who live in the area, passing tourists, and the clever regulars who bypass the mega wine outlet around the corner in favour of a small, friendly and unpretentious bar.
Best Thing About It:
These are seriously good wines that taste better still when accompanied by flavoursome food and fantastic service in a casual yet classy atmosphere. The motto on the family crest translates loosely as “frequently tipsy, always dignified”, which says a lot about the ethos behind the wine bar and its sister restaurant in Duxton Road. It’s all about pleasure.
The wine selection comes largely from the Maison Fatien Pèreet Fils vineyard in France’s Burgundy wine region. Staff travel there twice a year to personally make selections, and they are clearly good at their job. Start with the wine cocktail ($9):it changes monthly, and on this occasion was an unusual but delicious combination of rosé wine and grapefruit syrup. At $8, the house red, a blend ofgrenache and mourvèdre, is the best in town at that price. Or try the wine flight ($40) under the attentive eye of the sommelier, Pierre, to sample a few blends and find your favourite.
Nibbles and Noshes:
It’s classic French bistro fare, and we especially loved the freshly baked bread. There are several tartines or open-face sandwiches to choose from, including a croque monsieur ($14), topped with ham and dripping with cheese. The rillettes (three for $18) are shredded meats served with bread; the salmon, duck and chicken liver ones were tasty. Good for sharing, the charcuterie and fromage platter ($18) includes pastrami, prosciutto and three delicious cheeses. Since opening, the chef has also added a number of main meals in response to diner requests.
When to Go:
We’d like to become regulars and visit weekly. Open daily from 5pm and for brunch on weekends from 10.30am to 3pm. Check their Facebook page for updates. Ladies Night on Wednesdays is good value too.