Seddon Wine Store, 2/101 Victoria St, Seddon. Phone: 9687 4817
There’s competition facing Seddon Wine Store within spitting distance – one a big wine and beer and spirits emporium right across the road, the other a smaller bottle store more like your local pub, just up the way in Charles St.
Nevertheless, it’s made a handy go of it by specialising for the wine set.
Which is probably why we’ve never tried the place out – Bennie is as much a wine buff as his dad is.
Besides, we’d long ascertained that what food there was on hand was of a lightweight variety.
But today that seems just right, as my lunch companion, Lady Rice, is no more hungry than I am but we’re both up for some vino and engaging conversation.
The Seddon Wine Store food list – see below – was actually introduced some time after the store opened.
It reads like something between tapas and antipasto.
As neither of us are ravenous, we go for the grazing plate ($18).
The olives are the hit – few in number, big in flavour.
The terrine, too, is good, especially wrapped the fine bread and a dab of mildish but tasty mustard.
The pancetta (or maybe it’s prosciuitto?) seems rather flavourless to me, as do the marinated mushrooms, which look like enoki, but are darker and bigger.
The hard Italian cheese – that’s as good an explanation as I afterwards get – is good with the little dab of quince paste.
All this is OK, but the conversation is better.
We talk about the Lady’s new blog, my slightly older one and our respective journeys.
The contrast, in a Melbourne context, could hardly be greater, but oddly enough we’ve ended up in spaces and places that are recognisably of the same planet and city.
Our light and snacky lunch suits us fine.
But while it may be unfair, it hardly bares comparison with the fresher, zingier, superb, significantly larger and only slightly more expensive antipasto spreads the Consider The Sauce boys regularly enjoy at Barkley Johnson.
And while there may be ways of chowing down with more specific items on the food list here, I suspect treating the place as a tapas bar could get rather pricey.
It’s prudent, I surmise, to think of it as a place that does some eats for drinkers rather than as a place that does drinks for eaters.