The wine list, overseen by sommelier Maciej Zimny, is Noble Rot’s pièce de résistance … it has no peer, and rightly wins a lot of plaudits. Comprehensive (with more than 80 wines available by the glass) and thoroughly international, the list is also generously disposed towards the local Wellington wine region. The food, though, should not be overlooked: it’s innovative and it takes a great deal of skill to achieve that deft simplicity. The whole package occurs without complication or fuss, which serves to underscore the strong sense of authenticity you get from Noble Rot. Intriguing touches appear throughout such as the lovely bitter finish of preserved tomatoes with gorgeously light chocolate mousse, rounded out with a dollop of salted milk sorbet. Enjoy the tranquillity of the bar and be cosseted by the closely attentive service.

IN BRIEF Top-notch wine and food in a civilised milieu