What more could you ask for on a Friday evening? Delicious independent juicy wines, carefully selected organic cheeses and melt in your mouth cured Italian meats. If you fancy a relaxed, informal environment, providing space for a romantic meal or a cozy glass of red with your family or friends, pay a visit to The Remedy Wine Bar in the heart of Fitztrovia. Make sure to book ahead though as the bar is petite and very popular.
The Remedy Wine Bar is the brainchild of two entrepreneurial wine geeks, David and Renato, who met while working together at Terroirs Wine Bar near Charring Cross. Having recently celebrated their first anniversary, the bar now attracts a host of wine enthusiasts and regulars. Their wine is sourced from independent wineries. I love this concept, a great ethos. More time and effort is spent on sourcing the best wines from smaller producers.
On arrival, positive energy and super friendly hosts greeted us. The dinky restaurant was full of wine lovers, some of whom had noticeably been there for a while, being evident through their rosy cheeks and lethargic manner. But one thing for sure, everyone was here to enjoy wine.
Being early, well straight after work, my diner and I weren’t feeling a full-blown meal. Instead, a selection of meats, cheeses, olives and well of course, wine was on the table! To begin, a hearty Malbec from Cahors. People tend to associate Malbec with Argentina, yes because they are the biggest producer of Malbec, no because the Malbec grape originates from Cahors, the well-known wine region in the South West of France. The bottle was £28 and an enjoyable choice with slight tannings and a smooth finish.
The rest of the meal consisted of olives, cheeses and meats. These large green and fresh Sicilian olives were buttery and meaty. So good, we ordered a second round. We had a selection of five cheeses, which I fail to remember the names of all, though the goat’s cheese was delicious. The five meats were from different parts of the pig and were all very delicate, tasty and had been sliced to order. My favourite was definitely Coppa – a portion of air-dried meat from the pig’s neck.
From beginning to end everything was brilliantly charming. Our server Danny and also restaurant manager was a great guy. Hugely enthusiastic, helpful, genuine and eager to make certain everything was perfect. Thanks gentleman.