Owner and ‘Chief Wine Officer’ Walter Melato, a full-time engineer and self-confessed oenophile, describes his bar as a ‘passion project’ that he has been dreaming up for more than a decade.
Le Wine Chambre’s upmarket menu showcases some sixteen different varietals with bottles on offer by both established and lesser known boutique winemakers from the Cape. It’s worth asking for recommendations about new wines - we found our waiter’s suggestions to be spot on in terms of both taste and what we were willing to spend.
The bar has twenty wines available in taster sizes and by the glass (dispensed through decanting machines that ensure the wine stays fresh and at the perfect temperature) that start from around R70 for a glass, meaning if you’re feeling wary about splashing out several hundred rand on a wine you don’t know you can always test the waters first.
Offset by pops of bright aquamarine paint, exposed copper and soft brown leather, the bar’s bright minimalist decor reflects its discreet yet fancy atmosphere. Inside easy listening rules with portraits of Melato’s favourite saxophonists honoured on the walls and on the stereo, while tables on the small street terrace out front are prime spot when it comes to the Friday after work drinks hour.
A short menu of small and relatively pricey tapas-sized plates such as prawn tempura, fish tacos and spinach and feta 'poppers' is available if you are feeling peckish, although it's the wine list rather than the food that's the real attraction.
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