Riverbrook is the re-invented restaurant at Upper Reach, under new owners since the Broad’s moved on to other ventures. We went along on a sunny Swan Valley day, 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 (where we sat) 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.
As in its previous incarnation, the menu 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 the 2018 rosé. Strawberries and cherries on the nose, crisp, with a little mid palate sweetness, full of red berry flavours.
Between us we chose three dishes – firstly Smoked Paprika meatballs with pasta. These came in a thick tomato sauce, with dill pickles and beetroot. While substantial and juicy, the meatballs lacked seasoning which took the edge off a touch.
A Moroccan Couscous salad restored things – this was another generous dish of pearl couscous, spinach, chopped dates, red onion, capsicum, fetta and coriander spiced yoghurt. I added spiced pumpkin to it, nicely cooked, browned and mildly spiced. A pleasant and healthy meal.
Finally, chicken breast served over pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes, pancetta, peas and parmesan. The chicken was well cooked, moist and tender, but again lacked a little in the seasoning department.
Riverbrook is worth the trip to the Valley, the wines at Upper Reach are excellent, the food generally well turned out, although the seasoning needs some attention and the surrounds are relaxing and inviting.