While there’s no shortage of swanky wine bars and upper class watering holes in the stylish harbourside enclave that is Double Bay, there is always room for one more, particularly when it pays culinary homage to a French way of life.
We’re talking about chic wine bar-slash-restaurant MISTELLE, of course. Nestled on Kiaora Lane behind Double Bay’s main drag, alongside revamped pub The Golden Sheaf and hipster hotspots like Little Jean cafe and ‘activewear’ magnet About Life, MISTELLE is the suburb’s latest escape, whether you’re keen for an afternoon cocktail in the sun, or a romantic date before painting the town red.
The mastermind behind MISTELLE is Alicia Wadsworth, a hospitality veteran who along with stints at the Gastronomicon wine school in the Languedoc, France, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, and the Sydney Wine School, is part of the Commanderie De Bordeux, a group dedicated to promoting Bordeux’s wine outside France. So, it would be safe to say that MISTELLE has no shortage of wine buffs, or wine for that matter.
In fact, MISTELLE’s drinks list is really what sets it apart from other shmancy wine bars in the area. A carefully hand selected wine list offers French, Italian, German, Australian and New Zealand drops and encourages diners to order by the glass to experience new taste sensations. Plus, there are plenty of aperitifs and post-dinner cocktails to savour if you’re more of a spirits kind of guy.
As for food, MISTELLE prides itself on a French and Mediterranean-inspired menu, full of favourites like oysters, frites and of course, fine cheese. For lunch we would recommend started with the potato croquette, grilled chorizo and beef tartare with bread and addictive pepe saya butter, followed by the sliced aberdeen angus sirloin fillet with tangy cafe de Paris butter and a couple of glasses of the Ruinart.
Complimenting a characteristically simple, French menu is MISTELLE’s minimalist fit-out. With only 100 seats, the restaurant’s slick interior caters to all in style with varied indoor and outdoor spaces, Parisian style seating and plenty of places to sit back, relax and dine like a classy French bastard.