The Vinoteca chain of wine bars and restaurants has opened in Chiswick this week in a Victorian mid terrace on Devonshire Road on the site of the former Oriental Brasserie. The new venue with its open plan kitchen and seating for around 50 guests, will also feature a wine shop, Around half the seats will be bookable.
The restaurant will feature a wine list of over 270 wines from around the world – many sourced from artisan producers, smaller importers or directly from vineyards and all of which also available online. Vinoteca has a strict policy not to add restaurant margins to their wine.
One notable feature of Vinoteca’s wine list is the range of Bag-in-Box wines – premium wines imported directly from the producer and bottled on site. The wines are transported in 5 or 10-litre boxes, which keeps them fresh, and then bottled in refillable bottles on site to be drunk in the bar or taken away. Similarly Glera, made with premium grapes from the Valdobbiadene and Conegliano areas, is available on tap and since their introduction in 2010, both initiatives have saved around five tonnes of glass.
The daily changing menu will be Seasonal and wherever possible, locally sourced. Head chef, James Robson, (The River Café, The Wapping Project, Artisan & Vine and Tabernacle), will be serving up dishes such as Seared Suffolk Venison with beetroot, homemade pickles and Weymouth Plaice with anchovy, marjoram, crushed potatoes and purslane.
There will be charcuterie plates available too, including bespoke Jabugo hams, salchichones and chorizo rojo and blanco – with every dish designed to be matched with one of the wines on offer.