On our previous visit to the Flour Factory a few months ago we had one of our best lunches of the year – a lunch special that had excellent choices, brilliant cooking and outstanding presentation. So we went along last week full of expectation – unfortunately the menu has changed markedly since then and now focusses on hotdogs, pizzas and charcuterie with a couple of other dishes there for good measure – all good things no doubt, but not what we were looking for on the day.
Having said that the Flour Factory is one of the most attractive bars around – heavy jarrah tables and a stunning bar, its fascia made of jarrah offcuts, comfortable chairs, striking hanging copper domed light fittings, it really has a great look and feel, with a large window adorned with the name peeping out over Queen Street.
Anyway as we were there a drink was called for – the wine list at Flour Factory is small but thoughtfully put together with a good range of prices, varieties and regions represented. We settled on a glass of Not Your Grandma’s Riesling for me, and Hentley Farm Blanc de Noir for Lady FWO.
The Riesling from Chaffey Brothers in the Eden Valley has lifted aromas of lemons, limes and citrus blossom, while the palate has a touch of mid palate sweetness, balanced by good acid and intense flavours of crunchy green apple, limes and lemons.
The Barossa sparkling made predominantly from Pinot Noir is pale pink, with a lifted bouquet of strawberries; it has fine and persistent bead, creamy mousse and flavours of cherries, strawberries and red apples. Very pleasant drinking.
Another little highlight or quirk of the Flour Factory is the Chocolate Wheel behind the bar – if you are unsure of which of the many gins on offer to sample, the wheel will be spun and fortune will determine that which you have. Spin for your gin, indeed.
Despite the little disappointment over the food on offer – we have had the hot dogs before and they are good and the pizzas likewise present well, but the food we had last time was sublime, just a pity it isn’t there any longer – Flour Factory is worth a visit for sure – quick and easy fare, excellent drinks choices, wonderful set up and atmosphere, and is definitely recommended.