Riley Street Cafe and Wine
May 11, 2018
Riley Street Café and Wine serves a very happy mixture of well-sourced wine, good food and great (and affordable) coffee. It’s a winning combination, made all the more appealing by the small but handsome space itself with its elegant marble bar, dark wood chairs and ever so European atmosphere. A joint venture by sommelier Gabrielle Webster and Mauro Marcucci and Michael Stevens of next door restaurant Baccomatto Osteria, it’s a laid back, casual-but-not-too-casual venue, a well above average neighbourhood wine bar offering around 20 natural and bio-dynamic wines by the glass which also serves competitively priced coffee – $2.50 a cup – and seriously good food. Open from 7am, they offer top notch breakfasts (these guys can do seriously good things with eggs and they’re available until 3pm, if, like us, you’re not a morning person) and a large range of snacks and small plates – quality prosciutto, gorgeous cheeses, summery salads and savoury tarts alongside an ever changing selection of heartier dishes, everything designed to pair well with a glass or two of wine from their creative and unusual list if you’re lucky they might even crack open a jeroboam. Service is warm and knowledgeable and their passion about wine and the things that go with it permeates the whole place in an infectious and endearing way.