A Taste of the Middle East Arrives in Hamilton with Ach Wine Bar

Ach Wine Bar
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Hamilton has a new dining destination that’s sure to pique the interest of fans of Middle Eastern cuisine. Tucked between towering office buildings on MacArthur Avenue, Ach Wine Bar has quietly opened its doors, offering an intimate space that’s big on both style and substance.


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Ach Wine Bar is the brainchild of a familiar trio – chefs Marty Coard and Noam Lissner, along with Mat Drummond, who previously wowed Spring Hill locals at the popular Knowhere restaurant. Now, the group has set their sights on bringing the vibrant flavours of Levantine-inspired cuisine to this thriving riverside suburb.

Ach Wine Bar
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Step inside the 50-seat Ach Wine Bar and you will be greeted by a sleek, modern design that seamlessly blends Middle Eastern influences. Dark green walls, a sandstone-tiled bar, and polished concrete tables create an understated elegance, whilst the custom-built hearth takes centre stage – a nod to the “ach” in the restaurant’s name, which translates to “hearth” in Hebrew.

Ach Wine Bar
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It’s in front of this impressive hearth that Coard and Lissner work their magic, firing up a menu of contemporary Middle Eastern-inspired dishes. Locals in the know flock to Ach for standouts like oysters baked with chilli and samphire butter, a decadent mushroom shawarma with baba ganoush and macadamia cheese, and tender chicken shashlik skewers.

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But it’s the house-made breads in their bakery that often steal the show. The flaky malawach topped with white anchovies and dill cream, or the rich, golden challah served with spiced bone marrow, are both must-try accompaniments to the Levantine-inspired fare.

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And let’s not forget the drinks. Ach’s diverse wine list features a mix of Middle Eastern varietals and Australian delights, whilst the crafted cocktails, like the Karak Chai Martini, add a spirited twist to the dining experience.


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Whether you’re seeking a casual after-work bite, a leisurely weekend brunch, or a unique dining adventure, this new wine bar is a welcome addition to Hamilton’s evolving culinary landscape. This hidden gem is sure to delight locals and visitors alike with its modern take on Levantine cuisine.

You can find them at 389 MacArthur Ave, Hamilton. Visit their website for bookings.

Published 15-April-2024