Now that sunny days have reappeared so has Little Vines – on weekends it is open for breakfast and lunch under the vines in dappled sunlight and we have been along a couple of times in the past two weeks. A new menu has also made an appearance and each dish we have tried has been very good indeed.
On Sunday, sitting up on the deck overlooking the lawns running down towards the river, warmed by the sun it was a great setting for a lazy lunch – and many others had the same idea – I would think booking may be needed if you want to be sure you can get a table.
A dish of warmed Esperance sardines, marinated in lemon and oil, pepped up with a sprinkle of dried chilli rounds on charred sourdough began proceedings. The oily, salty fish flavours cut through by the zestiness of the chilli to make for a great little starter.
Next – Cajun pork croquettes served with Granny Smith apple salad and with a very spicy tomato and chilli relish enlivened the palate – the croquettes juicy and succulent, the relish zesty indeed, while the apple salad cooled things down a tad.
Then an excellent plate of grilled Albany asparagus with house smoked ricotta, crisped shallots and dehydrated olives. The smoked ricotta has taken on a golden hue and is wonderfully creamy and salty and smoky and complemented the crisp, crunchy just cooked asparagus. The little salty nuggets of dehydrated olives added a textural and flavour hit, as did the mound of fried, crisped shallots – fabulous.
I had the smoked ricotta the previous week with artichokes fresh from their garden and it was equally impressive.
The wine list showcases wines of the Swan Valley – along with a couple from down south – and we stuck to the excellent Small Batch rosé from Houghton by the glass – crisp, dry and elegant with flavours of pomegranates and raspberries. A fine rosé for a sunny day.
Once again a lunch to remember at Little Vines – on such days as we are experiencing now and hopefully onwards to Christmas, this is the perfect spot for sitting back and relaxing with a glass of wine, beer or cider with food that just nails the atmosphere.