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The Wine Library, Woollahra

I have always wondered about the Wine Library. It is the sister restaurant of Buzo Italian Restaurant, however, food at the Wine Library is tapas like and has a Mediterranean and Spanish influence as well as Italian.

I was meeting a dear friend, M, for lunch and suggested this place. Situated on the busy street of Oxford Street in Woollahra, the Wine Library is tiny but quite long. Bar at the front with a couple of stools and tall tables and at the back, a few tables where diners can sit, eat and there is a small courtyard at the back which would be perfect for summer.

I was utterly impressed with the wine list – 15 pages of extensive wine list ranges from affordable to ridiculously expensive.

The menu is also quite extensive – so many choices – and everything sounds wonderful. I know M’s love for chicken liver so suggested the chicken liver and vin santo parfait, toasted sourdough ($14).

Warm toasted sourdough, with a generous spread of chicken liver – it was smooth, deliciously creamy and had the right amount of saltines to it. I couldn’t taste any of the vin santo but generously spread on the warm sourdough it was definitely tasty.


The pork and veal meatballs, cabbage ant tomato ($15) probably the highlight.


Two plump large and bouncy pork and veal meatballs in a pool of tomato sauce topped with cheese was just delightful. It was so tender and tomato sauce rich and thick. Definitely could have eaten two meatballs on my own.


Pasticciata (baked polenta, fontina, and duck ragu) $16 is such a cold wintry dish. I couldn’t really taste the duck, but it was cheesy, creamy and oh so sinful! Perfect for a cold day. Don’t think M really enjoyed this dish.


The cabbage, white balsamico, parmigiano and mint ($9) is a refreshing salad but nothing special I thought. We needed a salad with all the hearty food.


Unfortunately we didn’t have any desserts, we were both stuffed. The Wine Library serves snack dishes all day, they also serve breakfast, paninis and after 5pm more of the heavier dishes.

It’s very relaxed and laid back, great service, and food hearty and wonderful. Would definitely love to come back at night and try some of their wine selection.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

The Wine Library

18 Oxford St

Woollahra 2025

Ph: +61 2 9328 1600

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  1. July 25, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I love Buzo, so would love to check this place out. especially those meatballs.

    • July 25, 2011 at 3:54 am

      hey dumpling girl! definitely – those meatballs were scrumptiously good! perfect for winter really…

  2. July 25, 2011 at 11:37 am

    i wish my wine palate was more developed to appreciate it, esp. reds 😦
    those meatballs look so juicy xD lol when i first glanced at the salad, i thought they were noodles

    • July 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      hey vxdollface 🙂 hahahah they would be one super dry noodles! the meatballs were definitely awesome!

  3. July 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    ohhhh yummm chicken liver parfait!

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