What do you get when you cross the dynamic late-night diner, Natural History Bar & Grill, with Bunon, the Japanese interpretation of the cosy wine bars of Paris? Well, in the words of Action Bronson, self-styled natural wine aficionado and rapper: ‘F*^k, that’s delicious!’
The evening brought together head chef of Natural History, Morgan McGlone, of Belle’s Hot Chicken fame, with Bunon’s maestro of all things deep fried, Shigeru-San. Together they created a tasting menu complemented by the wines of Giogio de Maria and Campbell Thomas Burton.
First up was a duo of oysters, matched with the 2014 Le Coste Bianco. It’s easy to see why this drop is offered in a magnum. With its delicate floral nose and fruity palate, it is easy drinking at its finest.
Following we were presented with a market-best sashimi plate of tuna, kingfish and salmon with the 2013 Panevino Tino Rosa. The Panevino is a remarkable wine, consisting mostly of Vermintino which is run through the lines of the Cannonau varietal to give it a pink blush. This wine is fresh and opened the palate for the sashimi to shine in its own merits.
To round out the tasting in a burly fashion, was the hero of the night, known as Japan’s greatest export in sliced bread – the pork katsu sandwich! There doesn’t get much better than a golden deep fried pork cutlet, shredded cabbage, creamy mayonnaise finished tonkatsu sauce in between heavenly soft white bread.
I’m sure your FOMO is real right now, but don’t sit and dismay. There is plenty on offer at Natural History that will leave your belly full and a smile on your dial, so be sure to check them out real soon!
Brenton is a child of the night and lover of all things crispy and deep fried. Follow his shenanigans on insta @SoSpinky
401 Collins Street