All pictures taken and edited on the Samsung Note8
A mere two minute walk from our Airbnb, we passed Self Preservation several times but finally went in on our fourth night in Melbourne. In the day, it is a cafe, at night, a wine and cheese bar. The place is classy, understated, with a wall full of wine bottles – my kind of place, essentially. And the people there know their stuff – we were debating what to get when the manager walked over and asked us what we were considering.
“We want to get a red wine and some cheese. Do you recommend the Yarra or Clare valley?”
“What will you eat? Cheese?”
Yes, we indicated.
“The Clare is perfect with cheese, I drink it all the time.”
“We’ll get a bottle then.”
“Wait – if you’re getting a bottle, don’t get the Clare. Get the 2015 Beynat – it’s nearly the same price, it’s biodynamic so there are no preservatives and chemicals and the farmers work harder for it but it makes a better wine, and it will go perfect if you are having cheese.”
“The Beynat it is.”
And it turned out to be the perfect recommendation. Perfect! She not only knew her wine intimately (later she told us that everything was hand-selected by her), she also knew exactly how to recommend it based on the quantity you would be having and the food you were going to order. I love wine myself, but I dont know the intricacies of it – I can only tell when I do and dont like something. And this? I loved.
The cheeses served at Self Preservation change often according to season, but they are all from the cheese cellar a street down in Spring Street Grocer, which is also owned by the same people, so if one wished to purchase a whole slab for home after tasting it at the wine bar, they could. We checked it out the morning after, and the selection was FANTASTIC. Ended up buying a bunch of peanut butters and jams from the grocer cos we weren’t sure if the soft cheeses could travel home to singapore, which means that our experience with that amazing truffle cheese will forever be immortalised in our memory as that one perfect moment over a crisp night in Melbourne.
70 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000