Well what an excellent autumn Sunday we simply skilled in the Swan Valley; sunny, heat, blue skies – and simply calling for a vineyard lunch! With Riverbank – certainly one of the Valley’s best – a few kilometres away – we simply couldn’t resist.
We scored a desk on the enclosed veranda searching throughout the lawns to the vines to the river – and we even had a guitarist and singer up on the again of the previous truck that adorns the garden space serenading us as we dined….fantastic.
Rebellious Rosé is one in every of their best wines, particularly on a day like this – 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 among our favourites and on this go to, as soon as once more, the meals impressed. The menu was slightly smaller than on earlier visits however nonetheless lots to select from – we determined to share a few starters and one from the mains – and that proved greater than sufficient for we two.
Ceviche to start out – tender, succulent fish draped over a mashed pile of juicy avocado, sprinkled with nutty sesame seeds, drizzled with creamy wasabi flavoured mayo and accompanied by crunchy fried nori crisps. Beautifully introduced and filled with recent, complementary flavours.
Half a dozen poached yabbies candy and juicy, piled onto a salad of combined greens, banana flowers, dried shallots and artichokes, surrounded by dollops of mildly spiced harissa mayo was subsequent – once more a splendidly introduced and flavoured dish.
And the essential of selection lived as much as the normal set by the starters – crisp skinned, flakingly tender barramundi cooked in a wealthy, thick tomato and caper flavoured sauce, with three or 4 mussels in the shell and charred broccolini. All combining into a pleasant fish stew.
We did so need to attempt one in every of the desserts – they’re often fairly particular right here – however alas on this go to we couldn’t do one justice, in order that should wait!
As all the time we discovered such spectacular and nicely turned out meals – the outlook is excellent and the waiters uniformly pleasant and welcoming. This is one among the best eating locations in the Valley.