a strictly blue collar neighbourhood in previous decades, south melbourne's gentrification has been in full swing for quite some time. the area's real estate prices have grown exponentially, and so much so, it's now condsidered one of the most dynamic areas down under. the ever growing hnwi demographic is slowly transforming local infrastructure on many levels, including exciting new hospitality options for both neighbourhood dwellers and savvy crowds from across town alike. a recent addition that ticks all our boxes is smalls, a boutique wine bar on yarra place. established by restaurant brand manager and social media expert jess ho, the setting is homey and snug, featuring an eclectic palette that's contemporary albeit with a slight rustic edge.
smalls is a compact space and seats just 24 guests, but what it may lack in size, it makes up big time with an excellent selection of delicious wines, all from small producers from around the planet, and chosen by sommelier wiremu andrews. into other beverages? no problem, there'as also a variety of sake, sherry, in addition to regular specials of wines by the glass. and as good wine deserves good food, the menu lists an array of flavour-packed small plates, such as spring bay mussels, black pudding parfait and roasted cinnamon quail. other options are a selection of cheese and a tart which changes daily. location: 20-22 yarra place [south melbourne].