Reserve Wine Bar
Modern Australian
  • 102 Hunter St,
    Newcastle, NSW
  • (02) 4929 3393,
  • Tue 5.30pm-9pm,

    Wed-Fri noon-9.30pm

    Sat 3pm-10pm

Reserve Wine Bar

This likeable wine bar has been pleasing Novocastrians for a few years now, but things have stepped up in the food department with the arrival of Cory Campbell, a chef fresh from running the kitchen of the three-starred Vue de Monde in Melbourne. He has turned the bar menu on its head, the fried calamari and chips replaced with pickled sardines served sang choi bau-style on lettuce cups with a lemon purée, micro-greens and chilli, as well as a side portion of grilled chorizo in a red wine vinegar and apple glaze, all finger-lickin' good. A simple but sensational bone marrow also wows; Campbell smokes it with applewood, and serves the bone topped with caramelised onion and mushroom dust. Caramel infused with star anise and juniper and topped with white-chocolate crumbs brings a humble-seeming layered apple tart to life. In Campbell's creative hands, Reserve may find itself as valued in Newcastle for the food as for the wine.

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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • Shared plates $9-$35

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Cory Campbell & Dion Pophristoff


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