“Go, get ur, get ur, get ur, get ur, get ur freak on”
The Dear Luncher was recently bewitched by one of Bentleigh’s newest additions – Wolfe and Molone. Located on Centre Road, it’s amazing to think this particular area has until now lacked a wine bar of this variety – a place to wet the whistle in style. Wolfe and Molone pride themselves on offering up home-made, local and sustainable produce. The Dear Luncher enjoys knowing that he’s helping the world while stuffing himself silly.
On this particular day The Dear Luncher was joined by Mrs Luncher. Armed with furious appetites and a thirst for vino, proceedings commenced with a charcuterie selection. Picking out two cheeses and two charcuterie items ($49) was difficult, as there were several appealing options. In the end The Lunchers landed on the Brillat Savarin (Triple cream Brie), Fourme d’Ambert (Mild Blue), Prosciutto di Parma and Quatrostelle tartuffo.
To say that The Lunchers were amazed by what was put in front of them would be an understatement. Glorious presentation. Constructed with love. This was one of the most impressive charcuterie selections ever seen by Your Dear Luncher. To accompany this outstanding array of meat, cheese, fruit, nuts and bread – The Lunchers selected a bottle of Cote du Rhone Blanc – Domain la Layre – Cote du Rohne – which is French for “bloody good wine”.
Every morsel on this gigantic plate was devoured with joy. The cheeses were immense. Flavoursome. The prosciutto and salami tasted like it was smoked by an Italian nonno in his backyard, delicious. The nuts were oven roasted and the pickles, radishes and figs bursting with freshness.
Meanwhile, The Dear Luncher and his far better looking half were pillaging the wine and decided another bottle would be required. While deciding on what the next bottle of plonk would be, The Dear Luncher decided to indulge further with a tasty Indian Pale Ale ($8) from the good folks at Sample. The Dear Luncher has previously purchased a case of this 3/4 IPA and it’s extremely sessionable.
The first bottle of “very long French name” went down so well, Mrs Luncher decided it would be a good idea to drink another. The Dear Luncher did not object because it’s important to let Mrs Luncher believe she is in charge. As long as the wine is wet and alcoholic, The Dear Luncher does not mind.
More food? Why not?! The “adult croquettes” (aka Mac & Cheese croquettes with crunchy blue cheese dip – $12) were ordered as well as the Flamed Chorizo with honeyed tequila & sweet potato chips ($16). Let The Dear Luncher just say from the outset that he has consumed chorizo on countless occasions, and this was a world-class example of how it can be served. Bathed in a honeyed tequila broth, these chorizo slices were blissful. It was passive-aggressively sweet yet meaty/salty at the same time. If The Dear Luncher had enough tequila and honey, he would bathe himself in such a delightful combination.
The sweet potato chips were a great change-up. Crispy on the outside, delicate on the inside. Salted to perfection. Often-times sweet potato chips or wedges can be a bit too stodgy – not these. As for the croquettes, well. Surrounded by waves of carrot/cumin, beetroot and hommus streaks, these mac and cheese bad boys had Your Dear Luncher hypnotised. The chunky blue cheese dip was bitey and aromatic. Regular Dear Luncher readers will know full well that blue cheese ‘anything’ is appreciated. Usually it’s buffalo wings The Dear Luncher dips into such a concoction, Wolfe and Molone prove it can be done with croquettes as well.
Rounding out the experience, two glasses of the finest Rosé the house had to offer. The Rock Angel Rosé – Château D’Esclans ($19). Creamy and supple, this was by far the greatest Rose The Dear Luncher has experienced. Magnificent. Aptly described on the menu as the “rock star of Rosé’s“.
The personal touch of the proprietor was truly appreciated. The depth of knowledge and obvious appreciation for the food and wine was special. Bentleigh is truly blessed to have Wolfe and Molone on board. Leather appointed menus, tasteful decor. Get your freak on and go there. Don’t think, just do. The Dear Luncher will return to sample some of the sous-vide prepared meatery they have on offer. Is you with me now?
Location: 282 Centre Road, Bentleigh, Melbourne.
Cuisine: Tapas, wine.