It has been great to see one of our favourite cities, Melbourne, spring back to life following an extended lockdown in 2020. New bars, restaurants and cafes continue to open and the city gets busier each week. One new opening we are excited about is Appellation, a wine bar concept from Clinton McIver from Amaru.
Inspired by Amaru regulars – who would tell McIver they could ‘just have this and be happy’ after starting their meal with appetisers and Champagne – Clinton set out to create a place where “you stop in for a glass but stay for a bottle, and call it an afternoon well spent.”
He continues, “We want Appellation to represent the same level of quality that we do across the road at Amaru, albeit in a more accessible and relaxed format. It will be the place to drop in for a wine after work, or a champagne with a friend or a lover. We can also host special events in our upstairs private dining room.”
At Appellation, the wine list will be overseen by Venue Manager and Head Sommelier Jenna Philpott features predominantly grower champagnes, with boutique Victorian producers and lesser-known international varietals and vignerons, and an ever-changing selection by the glass.
Leaning on the philosophy and hospitality of Amaru, McIver along with Appellation Head Chef Steven Harry have developed a menu to complement the champagne and wine list to include delicious menu including freshly shucked raw shellfish and Tasmanian octopus and desert lime takoyaki balls.
Designed by Iva Foschia, the fit-out is based on a gradual blending of colours and textures, reminiscent of wine regions and their terroir, from the Yarra Valley to Burgundy, the colours and textures changing as you delve deeper into the venue.
Much like the wine, every design detail of Appellation has been carefully considered, right down to the table settings. Ceramics will be locally sourced and handmade along with the glassware which is to be hand-blown and designed by Gabriel gold glasses.
The main space will seat 40, with a trellised outdoor courtyard accommodating up to 25 guests. Those looking for a more intimate experience will find a private dining area upstairs that seats up to 12 guests.
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About Clinton McIver:
Clinton McIver is part of a new generation of chef-restaurateurs who are redefining the neighbourhood restaurant experience, and transforming Melbourne suburbs as they do. McIver opened his first restaurant Amaru in 2016, and it has since been established as an intelligent and elegant dining experience, earning multiple awards and accolades. Amaru’s success inspired McIvor’s launch of its sister venue Appellation, a wine and snack bar in 2021. McIver formerly earned his stripes as Sous Chef at Vue de Monde and has accumulated international experience in Holland, Spain, America and Brazil.