I feel compelled to write a section about this lovely little bar and restaurant as I had such a fantastic experience here on my first night in Martinborough.
Having previously enjoyed a nice glass of Reisling in popular local bar Cool Change which had a great atmosphere on a sunny Friday evening, I decided to take a wonder and see what was available for a light dinner nearby.
As the name suggests, Micro Wine Bar is a very small bar just off the main street in Martinborough. It was Friday night and the few tables outside in the sun were all taken so I snuck inside to see if I could prop up the bar. Micro was a stand out experience for me in Martinborough. I was delighted to see wine flights on the menu so opted for a selection of 5 Martinborough Pinots.
The service I received here was so warm and friendly. I was told there was space in the courtyard outside or I could sit at the bar, wherever I was comfortable. When you eat out alone, personal touches like this can really change your experience. Micro offer small plates which seemed ideal as I wasn’t hugely hungry. I ordered some marinated olives to start, which was a generous portion and perfect with my first wine tasting! I also ordered the dim sum and the sesame chicken. There were so many delicious things on the menu I would love to go back and try more. The dim sum for me could have benefited from a little more spice, but the sesame chicken was really standout. I appreciated being brought a blanket when it got a little cold in the courtyard. The service was just right, the name may be small but it’s huge on personality and comes highly recommended as one of my favourite places in Martinborough to wine and casually dine.
The wine flight featured the following Pinot Noirs from left to right:
2012 Pencarrow, 2012 Te Tara, 2010 Julicher 99 Rows, 2011 Te Kairange Runholder, 2011 The Elder
Micro Wine Bar
14 Ohio St, Martinborough 5711
Wine, Cocktails, Craft Beer, Small Plates
thursday – monday3:00pm – late
tuesday – wednesdayclosed