Saturday 28 February 2015 After chatting to a couple of bloggers at last year’s IGA Great Southern Taste launch they had said how can you be a foodie and not have gone down south? A year has flown by so I thought I better make plans for a holiday and do […]
Swings Taphouse & Kitchen are a brewery but they also serve quality food without the hefty price tag in a casual relaxed environment. I thoroughly enjoyed the smoked hock terrine which was full of flavour and was complemented by the slightly sweet rhubarb. The sourdough bread helped take the edge off the strong meaty flavour. For dessert, the salted caramel chocolate tart was excellent. The chocolate wasn’t too rich and allowed the salted caramel to shine through. It was paired with honeycomb and a slightly too sweet but tart raspberry ice cream. Excellent meal. Very happy.
Leeuwin Estate Restaurant offers al a carte dining or a degustation which is what I went for. The first few courses lead the diner via a refreshing experience – the Tasmanian rock oysters; abalone; and sashimi which are excellent dishes. The breaded fennel was a standout for me, just ahead of the sashimi. Crumbing a chunk of fennel and using the salty elements of anchovy and caper berries with a creamy sauce made for such a delicious dish. The next course was a little disappointing, I didn’t think the fermented garlic butter did justice to the succulent piece of aged Black Angus sirloin. The cheddar cheese and quince jam was a lovely finish to the meal, but I had to have the optional dessert. The chocolate mousse with a textual contrast in the crumble were lovely, a slight sourness from the plum working well. However, I felt the beef and dessert courses let the degustation down to the high standards set by the other dishes. Excellent service, picturesque setting, delicious fare.
I really enjoyed Morries waffle sandwich. There were several different elements on the plate and each showed technique. The orange flavour is a theme in this dish and it’s subtle flavour in the orange ice cream and panna cotta complements the other elements. A delicious waffle with Nutella, orange ice cream, and confit orange is a lovely combination along with some sweetness from the maple syrup. The orange panna cotta is rich, creamy, and smooth and very decadent. Who said you have to wait for dessert to enjoy this? Let’s start with breakfast, a delicious feel good meal to start off the day.
What a fantastic meal! Enjoying such delicious fare from the second story overlooking the vineyards with excellent service to boot. The emu tartare was one of the best dishes I’ve eaten. Bursting with freshness, moisture, and flavour, this is a superbly executed dish. The pork for mains presented a tender square of pork, allowing the flavours to shine through, the other elements adding seasoning and flavour. The chorizo crumb, dehydrated chorizo mix, and the dense tender octopus provided the dash of salt required. The refreshing sweet cucumber, fennel, and super sweet oven roasted tomato refreshed the palette. The Manchego cheese paired with the blackcurrant jelly was a stroke of genius. The sweet counteracting the hard flavours of the cheese, as too the raisins, what a lovely finish to the meal.
La Scarpetta is an Italian restaurant that is also open for breakfast and puts an Italian stamp on the dishes, so you’re not getting the standard breakfast menu you would find elsewhere. I had the open calzone with delicious thick sliced Ciabatta toast. The calzone is a little intense with the strong earthy flavours of the field mushrooms, but the ricotta helps to balance it out a little and the herbs add extra flavour. Lovely breakfast to start the day.
Morries Anytime is one of those places open till late where you can grab main dishes, or just go with the tapas menu. I just needed something in between a snack and a main so the Wagyu beef burger from the tapas menu was perfect. Since it’s a tapas item it’s not a full size burger. The burger is a little small but it’s well packed. First bite in and the burger is delicious. I like the brioche bun, the gooey melted Swiss cheese, the crispy bacon, and the perfectly cooked, moist, flavoursome, Wagyu beef patty. This was a really delicious burger and hit the spot. A little pricey though tapas items usually are.
What a wonderful journey I was taken on via the Discovery Menu which tells a story via food of the journey from seed to wine. The service, execution, presentation and quality of the dishes was excellent. Each course presented something special and I thoroughly enjoyed each course. Fantastic!
The menu at Arc of Iris takes on a slightly Asian slant. I started with the deep fried camembert which was excellent. A golden brown crispy crumb encasing soft gooey camembert, aided by a sharp salad and the sweetness from the fruit coulis. The twice cooked duck was superb. Lovely sweet Asian sauce with a much too generous serve of super tender duck made for a very filling dish. While the Asian salad and steamed rice helped take the edge of the duck, it’s sheer quantity caused the dish to become a little monotonous. Fantastic dish though. Lastly, the dark chocolate fondant was slightly overdone with no oozing chocolate and was a little dry. However, the lovely flavour of the vanilla ice cream saved the day and provided the perfect partner. For the price, excellent value, excellent food, lovely service in a lovely restaurant. You must book ahead as it’s pretty busy.