Weekends off work are very rare and very precious. From August until the end of May when the Premier League football season takes centre stage, I work every Saturday and Sunday, apart from six ‘dark’ weekends.
Usually my better half and I will jet off somewhere exotic at these times, but in mid February, having not caught up with friends since before Christmas, we enjoyed a get-together at Wine Connection’s bistro on Robertson Quay.
I’ve always been a fan of their shops, which import wines from all over the world at decent prices, but I’d never actually eaten at either of their premises (they have another outlet at Cuppage Street).
Suffice to say, we were impressed. Everything from the no-nonsense, competitively priced food, to the range of cut price wines and Prosecco, to the impeccable service, made it a terrific experience. To put you in the picture, at one stage during a late 4pm lunch that was followed by drinks and then dinner (yes, we ate twice!), there were around 20 of us – many in high spirits. However, the waiting staff remained attentive and jocular throughout.
On to the food. I kicked off by splitting a paella with a pal of mine; the chicken was succulent, the fish tender, fresh and tasty. A few hours later it was onto a perfectly-cooked sea bass with creamy mash and julienne vegetables. Marvellous.
The fact that the paella was under $30 for two people, and the sea bass a touch under $20 only added to the enjoyment. Get connected.