We’ve been long-time fans of chef Peter Gunn and his excellent restaurant IDES, so we were more than excited to help him launch his second venue, a wine bar called March. Right next door to his restaurant on Smith Street in Collingwood, March is an intimate, moodily-lit, Japanese-inspired ode to small wine and sake producers, interesting cocktails and exquisite bar food (we’re suckers for the sake-steamed pipis and the sweet-and-sour quail). The offering is pure Gunn with its perfect balance of creativity and flavour, with added drinks ballast from IDES sommelier Hayley McCarthy.
March does not just share a wall, kitchen and cellar with IDES, it also shares the same contemporary multi-sensory DNA that Peter Gunn brings to IDES, re-imagined into a flexible wine bar setting. You can use the space for a pre-or post IDES party but there’s enough good stuff here to keep you here for longer, as key journalists from the hospitality media discovered for themselves at the launch party KDPO hosted. They obviously liked what they saw as March has already received excellent coverage across traditional, digital and social mediums, including Good Food, in print and online, Broadsheet, Urban List, Time Out, Concrete Playground and the MFWF website.
Images by Rebecca Newman