We hadn’t been to Broads – the restaurant run by Annalis and Anthony Broad (who once operated Whiteman’s Abroad in Guildford) at the much awarded Upper Reach Winery in the Swan Valley – for some time but on a lovely summery day this week we decided it was too long, and drove up – a picturesque ramble through the vines of the Valley – to the winery in Memorial Avenue, Baskerville.
The restaurant is opposite the tasting hall and is open, light filled and with a welcoming veranda area looking out over lawn and the vines towards the Swan River, a large spreading gum tree at the centre adding to the attractiveness of the surrounds.
The menu itself is designed around shared food with a number of smaller dishes and larger sharing platters. The smaller dishes are substantial and two or three are more than enough for two people sharing. The platters are much larger and also more than enough for two.
The Upper Reach wines make up the wine list with a style to suit all – available by glass or by the bottle. We chose the perfect summer drink for WA, a bottle of their rosé. Strawberries and cherries on the nose, crisp, with a little mid palate sweetness, full of red berry flavours.
A dish of panko crumbed fish came as a couple of fillets – moist and tender flesh, crisply coated in fried crumbs, drizzled with mild, harissa flavoured mayo – sitting on a colourful bed of crunchy red cabbage, spring onion and apple slaw, and beneath that chopped fried potato. It all looked the part and the flavours and textures came together well.
A second dish – meatballs, flavoured with smoked paprika and served with a rich tomato sauce, liberally dotted with fetta and dill pickle, topped by a slice of grilled garlic smeared ciabatta – was another well turned out dish, rich, hearty flavours, the bread perfect for mopping up the zesty sauce.
Broads is well worth the trip to the Valley, the wines at Upper Reach are excellent, the food well turned out, prepared with thought and flair – the surrounds relaxing and inviting. A great day out.