These heat and sunny autumn days carry on rolling on and one of many best methods to spend them, we expect, is having a pleasing lunch in the Swan Valley – and one of many best locations for that’s at Riverbank – it has one of many prettiest outlooks of any vineyard restaurant in the Valley, over lawns to vines rolling right down to the Swan River and throughout to Woodbridge House on the far aspect. With seating on two ranges inside and an outside space, a coated veranda, shielded by heavy cafe blinds is the prime place to take a seat – in winter fuel heaters add a contact of heat – whereas on heat days the breeze retains the temperature down.
Sitting outdoors on the veranda we tried a few glasses of their wine – these have improved immeasurably because the new house owners took over and put the wine making in the palms of Digby Leddin – the Rebellious 2017 Rosé confirmed the positive aspects made in this area- it has a aromatic bouquet of crushed rose petals and Turkish Delight, with a clear, crisp palate redolent of cranberries and rhubarb; just a bit mid palate sweetness too, an ideal heat climate drinker!
As for the meals – properly Riverbank have lengthy been one in every of our favourites and on this go to, as soon as once more, the meals impressed.
We started with a few small starters – firstly marinated Fremantle sardines, succulent, properly vinegared, sitting on a mattress of greens and with a few slices of crusty bread as firm – nicely achieved.
On to cheddar beignets with spiced plum sauce – crisped pores and skin, inside moist, chewy and tacky – the spiced plum sauce pleasantly zingy – all collectively one other excellent starter.
Then we moved to a few entrée decisions – pork stomach, luscious and wealthy, alongside a smear of apple purée, a crisped slice of crackling and a salad of leaves and caramelised leek – spot on.
And my poached yabbies was additionally a winner – the top and claws of 1 crawling throughout a plate of salad, three or 4 tails and an identical variety of juicy, seared scallops – all with a candy beurre blanc infused with pineapple.
Despite solely ordering from the starter and entrée decisions that was sufficient for us – properly till we spied the desserts and couldn’t resist white chocolate and banana parfait, so mild and fluffy, – which got here with slices of caramelised banana, and chunky chocolate crumb. Yummo.
Once once more Riverbank, proved a winner – and one of many best locations to lunch in the Valley – and with the pick-up in the wine high quality it has even higher attraction. Highly really helpful.