Little Guildford, on the burgeoning Terrace Road/Swan Street eating and drinking strip, has recently introduced its new winter menu. A week ago, along with a group of foodies and Guildford locals, we were invited along to sample the dishes on offer.
After a quick excursion outside to the delightful garden setting of Little Vines we moved into the warm and welcoming dining area and with a glass of wine and olives and bread looked over Chef Alessandro’s creations. I should make special mention of the wine list with its emphasis on the wines of the Swan Valley – it is great to see the support Little Guildford give to the Valley wineries.
And as for the food – starters included Eggplant Parmigiana which tempted but in the end we decided on Grilled Octopus and Pork Cheeks for Lady FWO – our dining companions, Darryl and Fiona from Guildford’s Curio Warehouse chose similarly.
The octopus tentacle had been char grilled, nicely firm and chewy, and was served with spicy beurre blanc, olive tapenade and chorizo gremolata, along with crispy fried potato – well presented, great texture and flavours.
Slow roasted pork cheeks, unctuous and tender came with Romesco sauce, roasted shallots and fried zucchini – once again an excellent entrée and generous in size as well.
The mains – house made pan fried gnocchi and a risotto of freekah and asparagus were overlooked on this occasion for another three we just could not go past – Swordfish, Roast Chicken and Scotch fillet.
The Manjimup beef steak, char grilled to order, was juicy, tender and served with a nutty purée of Jerusalem artichoke, red lentils and crisply fried parsnip – a hearty and filling winter’s night dish.
Half a chicken, slow cooked to a succulent and meltingly tender consistency, was served with crunchy baby carrots, fried chats and shallots. Excellent.
And the Fremantle Swordfish – lightly char grilled just to seal it, came with a purée of cauliflower, fried paprika, broccolini and a sprinkle of pine nuts. Delightful.
A side of green beans in butter, garlic and lemon completed the dishes.
While Lady FWO and I could not manage the desserts Darryl and Fiona came to the aid of the table and enjoyed the Tiramasu and Sticky Date pudding on offer that night.
The food and wine are of a consistently high quality, the friendly and welcoming staff and inviting décor make for a wonderful ambience – the footpath al fresco area is great on a pleasant night and we love the set up and style of Little Vines out back. Little Guildford is a must if you are out this way.