08 Jan Saint Urban, Richmond
Owner Martin Pirc and head chef Daniel Schelbert from Punch Lane have ventured eastward to Richmond to set up their bistro and wine bar. It’s a laid-back space where you can savour Australian and European wines and nibble on snacks, or have a proper meal. Named after Saint Urban, the Bishop of Langres in France during the 4th century, and a patron saint of wine makers, you know their wine is something they take very seriously.
Ingeniously designed wrought iron arch windows, worn woods, handmade blue tiles and rustic, colourful walls impart a relaxed charm. An outdoor, heated patio area is also perfect for enjoying the summer sun.
We decide to begin with an entree to share, and the quail wrapped in vine leaf, grapes, verjus and almond cream fits the bill. The succulent quail meat works well with the slight bitterness of the vine leaf, and we can’t help but savour the last dregs of the delicious sauce by enjoying it with some bread.
Perfectly cooked with crispy skin, the barramundi fillet is accompanied by soubise, plump and juicy mussels and sauce vierge. The flavours are unpretentious and moreish, and the outstanding quality of the fresh produce really shines.
I order one of the daily specials – the whole baby snapper with fennel puree, pickled chorizo and rhubarb. On its own, the fish is expectedly on the plain side, but together with the pickled chorizo and rhubarb it was really something else. I only wish there was more of the chorizo to go around!
We had a very pleasurable experience at Saint Urban, both in terms of the food and the service. It seems that the guys from Punch Lane have hit the mark once again.
213 Swan Street
Richmond, VIC, 3121
(03) 8456 0933