Lunch Sat-Sun noon-10pm
Dinner Mon-Fri 5pm-10pm
Here's a place where a Tuesday night invariably begins innocently with, say, a skin-contact wine from Georgia, and some house-cured bresaola at the bar, but can end six plates in and two bottles deep - in no small part to the high rotation of elegant pours (you can thank Nick Hildebrandt, Monopole co-owner and sommelier, for this). Said plates are less cerebral, less boundary pushing than bigger brother Bentley; the focus is on impeccably sourced produce, fused with standout technique from the open kitchen. Charred bonito is enhanced by charcoal oil and sesame dressing, magnifying the depth of the cured fish. Crisp earthy lentils pair with sweet garlic shoots, to elevate roasted pork neck. The good combinations continue into dessert with roasted pineapple, tangy yoghurt sorbet and macadamia nut crunch. Sultry lighting, dark silhouettes, unwavering hospitality and the kinetic buzz remind you, this is a wine bar for people who like to eat.