When? July 21, 2015
What is it? Newly opened wine bar Saint.Urban has easily enticed the locals into patronage with its relaxed charm, European ambiance and the genuine passion behind the hospitality lovers at its helm. Only a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Church Street, the venue eschews the sterile industrial look with a warm pared back rustic interior. It is named after the patron Saint Urban who evaded religious persecutors by hiding in vineyards and seeking sanctuary with its vinedressers.
Who’s behind it? This new Richmond local is the brainchild of hospitality mavericks Martin Pirc and Daniel Schelbert. Keen locals themselves for over twenty years, they wanted a place, according to Pirc, “where we would take our friends and family”. Pirc and Schelbert did much of the design and build themselves in order to make it as authentic and honest as possible. Pirc hopes to make Saint.Urban as long a success as his other Melbourne institution Punch Lane, which he opened in 1994.
Size? Large enough to seat 55 inside and 12 outside in the open-air dining space.
What’s on the Menu? Headed by chef Daniel Schelbert, the menu is made up of classic dishes to while away a lazy afternoon including oysters, cheese, charcuterie and indulgent snacks like sheep’s haloumi with peppered wild figs or pork trotter croquettes. Prices are relatively low for the quality with entrees well below $20 and mains around $30.
Being a wine bar, the list available to diners is carefully curated with a plethora of Australia and European varieties. Although almost sixteen wines are offered by the glass, there are plenty of bottles below the $70 mark. Fridays are a special time for Saint.Urban patrons with a selection of high-end bottles opened to taste and order by the glass.
Trading hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 3 pm till late and Friday to Sunday 11 am to late.