It is good to have local knowledge, we certainly would not have known about Mon Vinic without it.
Mon Vinic is more than just a stylish wine bar and restaurant. The emphasis here is firmly on the wine, which is selected via a PC Tablet. You can search for your wines by Country, Grape and Cost. For the techies out there the OS was Microsoft Windows Vista™ and it crashed while the waitress was showing us how to use it – Typical!
We went here at short notice, so did not manage to get a table in the restaurant. Instead we had Tapas in the bar area opposite the glass box that forms the not so private dining area, so we were able to get a good feel for the place.
The Tapas menu is small. We ordered a selection of cheese and meat and some beautifully cooked cuttlefish croquettes, accompanied by a glass of Au Bon Climat, Santa Maria Valley AVA, Pinot Noir 2004 and Aldonia, DOC Rioja. La Dama 2005.
We then ordered dessert, a mixed chocolate dish and a banana and coconut concoction (very pina colada), with a half glass of Emilio Lustau Pedro Ximenez (more than enough of this rich raison flavoured sherry) and a glass of Bodegas Pedro Luis Martinez DO Jumilla. Monastrell Alceno, 2004.
It was easy to visualize Frasier and Niles sitting in the glass box sipping fine wines, with Roz and Daphne perched at the Bar chatting up the waiters.
Next time we will plan ahead and get a table in the popular restaurant.
Marks out of 10
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