We recently returned to the Vineyard Kitchen to celebrate a birthday, and what a lovely spot it is. On this occasion we sat on the upper terrace under shade, adjacent to rolling lawns and looking down to the other diners sitting beside the meandering creek in the restful grounds of Brookside Winery in the Perth Hills. A host of trees – fruit, native, weeping willows – help make a calm and serene place to eat and relax.
And once more the food we had impressed – as it seems always to do here – an entrée of ocean trout cured with beetroot and vodka – pretty in pink luscious juicy strips of trout arrayed across the plate – light and fresh.
A second starter of crisply fried quail – crackling skin encasing moist, tender bird sat on a bed of crunchy red cabbage surrounded by cumin infused mayo – another well turned out dish.
Panko crumbed sardines – again with a crisp coating surrounding flaky, succulent sardines served with caper mayo – hit the spot.
Finally, earthy, meaty pan fried mushrooms, oozing their juices, sat on a slab of char grilled ciabatta topped by a creamy blob of Persian fetta – excellent dish.
Then the mains – harissa spiced Shark bay tiger prawns, nicely charred and served on skewers atop nutty black barley, toasted almonds and creamy, sharp labne. Beautiful!
Next slow cooked spiced lamb shoulder parcel – unctuous lamb cooked in curry spices with peas and potatoes, with a dab of feta, wrapped in filo pastry, served with green salad and creamy mint yoghurt – very well received by all!
Then to finish, we have had this dessert on another occasion and couldn’t resist so – fresh honeycomb, straight from the hive, topped with a blob of goat curd – the sweet flavours of the comb perfectly complemented by the salty creaminess of the cheese – once again this was a sensational explosion of flavours.
Brookside Evelyn rosé – made from Cabernet Sauvignon – strawberries and cream, crisp and dry was a perfect accompaniment on this war, sunny day.
The Vineyard Kitchen really is a must see destination in the Bickley Valley – high quality food, in glorious surroundings, top notch wine – an oasis in the rolling Perth Hills.