Recently we spent a couple of days in Margaret River visiting the Dowager FWO. On the way down we stopped for lunch at Woody Nook at Wilyabrup. This little vineyard has been around quite a while and has a pleasant little café/restaurant attached. There is both indoor and outdoor settings surrounded by gardens and bush land; the food is probably best described as hearty rustic fare. Tasting plates as well as single serve courses are on offer.
The café quite reasonably serves the vineyard’s wines and we tried a glass each of their rosé; a pleasant lunch time drink which will be subject to review over the coming weeks along with other wines from Woody Nook. After our meal we went to the tasting room and sampled and purchased a range of wines for our coming review.
Back to the meals. For lunch we chose a braised lamb and shiraz pie and garlic prawns served with steamed squid and smoked salmon mousseline.
The pie came in a small casserole dish filled with lamb, carrot and celery in a rich tomato stock. A couple of less than tender pieces of lamb did not detract from the generally moist, rich and well-seasoned braise. A puff pastry case covered the dish. It was a nice warming meal.
It was accompanied by roast carrot, potato and sweet potato and a small mound of sautéed vegetables.
A good number of juicy tender prawns came in a sizzling garlic infused oil. They were tasty, generous in flavour and satisfying. They were accompanied by a steamed squid tube again well cooked and filled with a mousseline based on smoked salmon. It was light and creamy.
All in all this was again a pleasant dish. Service was prompt and friendly and added to our enjoyment. This is a café that serves hearty wholesome food, it does not pretend to haute cuisine, but what it does it does well.
A nice spot for a pleasant lunch in the heart of the wineries of the Wilyabrup region.