Transport yourself to Europe at Gouger Street’s newest wine bar, Super Bueno, which has an Italian and Spanish-inspired menu and French-style interior.
The new spot is the latest in Penny Hospitality’s impressive repertoire, which includes the West Oak and Joe’s Kiosk. Super Bueno identifies as a wine bar, yet owners Hugo Pedler and Stuart Duckworth explain it doesn’t have the pretentious feel that wine bars sometimes connote.
“The idea behind the venue is that it’s a fun wine bar; You can’t take yourself too seriously,” says Hugo Pedler, the bar’s co-owner.
“Of course we take our work seriously, but we want to have fun. We’re not pretending we’re wine experts.”
The owners’ casual, fun-loving approach is also visible in the restaurant’s sleek, simple fit out. With wooden stools, a polished wooden bar, and striking cobalt blue walls, the interior blends vibrancy with minimalism.
“The look has a neutral colour palette and isn’t overcomplicated or over-designed,” Pedler says. “We only had three weeks to put it together, so we just took the approach of making a simple, fun bar.”
“Hopefully it doesn’t sound self-obsessed or self-absorbed, but we just made a bar that we want to be in,” he jokes.
The wine bar, which has dine-in and takeaway wines from South Australian and Europe, also offers classic cocktails and more modern options, such as passionfruit mojitos and the “Bueno Bebida,” which has gin, blueberries, lemon and passionfruit.
Super Bueno’s Italian and Spanish-inspired menu has lighter meals and small plates such as beef and kingfish carpaccio, and burrata with smoked eggplant, fried basil, chili oil and crostini. Its mains focus on antipasto and charcuteria platters. The cured meats platter comes with nuts, capsicum, bread, olives, Prosciutto, Salame, Mortadella and Capocollo. The cheese offering comes with breads, nuts, olives, fruits, aged cheddar, Brie, smoked Edam, Gorgonzola, and Manchego.
In addition to providing reliably great food and drinks, Super Bueno aims to be a go-to for a fun time, hosting a disco and DJs on weekends.
“Gouger street has great food, but it doesn’t have an extensive bar offering,” Pedler says. “We’re hoping Super Bueno can add to that.”
“Hospitality is about being hospitable,” Duckworth says. “If you’re not having fun with staff and venue, then the customers won’t either.”
The fun-time spot is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11:30am until late, Saturday 4pm until late, and Sunday 6pm until late.
Find Super Bueno at 13 Gouger Street.