The meat comes from the family livestock farm and the produce comes from a plot of land the owners are learning to harvest. This neighbourhood bistro is out to prove that sustainable eating doesn’t have to be a special occasion.
The Lodge Bar & Dining is in a beloved building on the busiest corner of Fortitude Valley, has a menu by one of New Zealand’s most venerated chefs and a wine list by New Zealand’s only Master Sommelier.
She’s a wine educator and the daughter of Gerald Diffey – the owner of the legendary Gerald’s Bar. He’s worked in some of Melbourne’s finest restaurants, bottle shops and wine bars. Together they own Vera, Newcastle’s most exciting new wine retailer.
It's a tribute to the five years chef Lennox Hastie spent living and working in the Basque Country. There’ll be Spanish wine, sherries and vermouths – served alongisde pintxos, share plates and other drinks-friendly snacks.
There are 12 Negronis on the menu and a sizeable roster of post-dinner digestivi – from Amaro Montenegro to Sorrento-style limoncello. The food line-up is all about Italian share-plates, plus free Negroni-infused salami sticks.