SquareMeal Review of
Combining the spontaneity and laid-back charm of a wine bar with the upmarket style of a bistro is a tricky balancing act, but Vinoteca manages to pull it off. The founders’ first love is wine, and their 200-bin list offers at least 25 by-the-glass selections, as well some box and keg options too. However, the food is no mere supporting act, with the menu helpfully suggesting some harmonious wine pairings: perhaps a superior dry German Riesling to accompany a starter of baked scallops with sherry-braised lentils, followed by an Australian Cabernet Merlot to go with the signature bavette steak and chips, all topped off with an Italian Marsala to complement a rosemary pannacotta. The wine list proper is accessible to drinkers as well as diners, with some exciting finds for grape geeks. Down-to-earth, knowledgeable staff and an ever-buoyant atmosphere add to Vinoteca’s all-round appeal.
Lunch menu - 2 courses £15 or 3 courses £18