Restaurant Reviews

Reserve Wine Bar: Restaurant review


102 Hunter St
Newcastle, NSW


Tue 5.30pm-9pm,
Wed-Fri noon-9.30pm
Sat 3pm-10pm


Shared plates $9-$35


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.
(02) 4929 3393
Bookings recommended
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List
Cory Campbell & Dion Pophristoff
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.