Well, it's a while since I've done a restaurant review. Seemed like a good night to do it.
Flew in from Sydney, dumped luggage. Starving. Only some bacon, an egg and some no doubt rather damp n soggy lettuce in the fridge. Take far too long at this time of night to thaw out any of the lovely meat in the freezer.
Solution: dinner out treat. Decided Wooden Horse would have something delicious for me. So, jumped in the car and whizzed up to Eagle Junction. All tables booked (sigh) so they sat me at the bar table - no worries on my end, came for the food not the chair. Next thing I know, there's a cancellation so got a nice table just for me.
Tonight is steak night - gathered it's a new thing. Picked out the rump for a couple of reasons:
1. It's one of the truly tastiest cuts.
2. It was the only one of the three cuts that was organic and totally (apparently) grass fed (the others were either wholly or finished grain-fed).
The steak was absolutely delicious: beautifully tender and beautifully cooked - medium rare all through just perfectly done. There's a choice of sides included. Chose the wilted fried greens (broccolini and kale) and the most wonderful smoked potato purée (I'm already thinking of how I could replicate that one in the Thermomix with my new, yet-to-be-used smoke gun), all drizzled with a veal marrow jus. Just delicious. Perfectly seasoned - I like a bit of salt but no addition necessary, which is the sign of a chef that really understands seasoning. Washed it down with a very nice Rioja which really complemented the meal - a small but good selection of wines to suit all choices, a suitable number available by the glass.
Had tossed up having an entrée. For someone who's rather partial to quackery, it was hard to resist the duck liver parfait, but the dessert menu was very attractive so thought I'd skip the entree and maybe spoil myself with a dessert.
Chose the strawberries and cream dessert. Sounds quite ordinary doesn't it. The description should've said told you it wouldn't be: "local strawberries, meander valley clotted cream (memories of clotted cream fudge and scones with jam and clotted cream in Britain creeping in here), campfire meringue, dark balsamic, basil (these as tiny micro-basil sprigs), rosé".
The description in no way prepared me for the vision of delight, the gorgeous concoction of ethereal wonder that floated its way onto my table. It was sensational. I'm sure the other diners could hear my little grunts and groans of ecstasy. It was extraordinary.
So, if you go to eat at this lovely restaurant, do yourself a favour and make sure you have a dessert. Will try the la passionè next time which sounds like a chocolate passionfruit dream.
This restaurant does most if not all gluten-free (GF substitutions/ options available). A wonderful dining experience.
Finally got a chance to try this local joint and took the rellies for steak night last week. Very impressed! The platter/share board with the duck pate was supurb �
Great service (new waitress that just moved from Melbourne. Great personality, professional and quality banter)
Good homely feel and incredible food and cocktails.
The only thing I was dissapointed in was the bloody Mary's didn't come out with the oyster garnish as your instagram promised. It was the cherry on top when it was in the hat of which restaurant to go to that night. However it didn't stop me ordering 2 more after the initial dissapointment. The waitress explained you ran out the night before. Shit happens.
Good call on the BYO also �
Keep up the awesome work, we will be back :)