Appellation – Barossa Valley – South Australia

by Suha on August 14, 2011

 

Barossa Valley – home to great wines and gourmet foods – home of Maggie Beer and also home to Appellation, one of the great restaurants in the region. Housed in the Louise which is part of the small hotels of the world group, Appellation has won a number of awards for its amazing cuisine and wine list. Chef Mark McNamara focuses his menu on fresh produce from their own garden and the region. We went for our own created degustation menu on the night which was great fun and enjoyed pretty much all the dishes. Looks like we may have to stay there the next time as the accommodation looked lovely too.
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Amuse bouche of avocado terrine with coriander and lime and encased with a tomato and capsicum jelly – loved the strong capsicum and coriander flavours.

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Creamy soup of garden fresh broccoli – nice and hot and perfect for a cold winters day in the country

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House cured neck ham with blood orange, shaved fennel and roquette – probably my least fav dish of the night. I found it a bit bland and no flavour that stood out at all

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Creamy soup of south Australian prawns and ripe tomatoes with a hint of anise

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Tasting plate of duck featuring red gum smoked breast, liver parfait and rillettes – I think this was my fav of the night. Loved all three of the pieces to the dish

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Clear sherry infused broth of slow cooked oxtail, winter root veges and bantam yolk – I loved the broth…full of herbs and spices with a beautiful aroma. Yum

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Green tea and ver jus sorbet

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Creamy risotto of fine pearl barley, braised leek, corella pear, adel blue and toasted walnuts. Loved the combinations. Nice one…

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This slices of butter poached barossa corn fed chicken with linke’s lachs-schinken, garlic and sage

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Hutton vale lamb with celeriac puree, Jerusalem artichokes, wilted spinach and sherry jus

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Roast fillet of coorong angus beef with broccoli from the garden and tarragon emulsion

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Rose syrup, rhubarb and strawberry granita

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Warm and soft bread butter pudding – yum 🙂

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Chocolate….:)

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Truffles with pepper….

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