Our yearly visit to one of our favourite restaurants in McLaren Vale was a must. There are certainly a lot of hidden gems up in McLaren Vale, and for those of you whom know me, I am in love with this whole wine region. For the past few years I think I have made myself go there minimum once a year just so that we can have their famous signature dish - the lobster medallion. Trust me, this dish is to die for.
D'Arry's Verandah is a hill treetop restaurant located on Osborn Road, and right now they are undergoing major construction where a 5 multi-storey building is being built - this is going to be state of the art function centre that resembles the shape of a cube.
We chose to have the degustation menu for lunch, one item that we were not sure on the menu was the kangaroo tail and so we opted to change to the steak option. Yes don't be shy to ask the waitresses, they will accomodate for everyone. Bear in mind there is also a vegetarian degustation option available.
Crunchy bread with salted butter to begin our degustation. Together served was the stuffed olives, at first we all thought the pips in the middle, but clever clever, they were almonds which looked like the shape of pips. Therefore the whole olive was edible. From afar they looked like mini aracini balls.
The next entree was the chicken broth, it came out boiling hot but we could just smell the depth of flavours, the mushrooms, the roast chicken and to top off with a piece of crispy chicken skin. It was delicious.
Next was a pretty looking dish, the kingfish was slightly torched to give off that smokey smell. The fish fillet just flaked off with every cut. With all the condiments on the side it was a dish that was hard to fault.
With an addition of $10, we chose to have the lobster medallion as part of the degustation. Trust me, it is definitely worth it. I think I have had this dish this many times and everytime it has been that good. In fact I can have this any day. The bisque was creamy, well seasoned, texture, consistency, OMG I could just tell that a lot of work has been put into this dish. I think we all licked the plates clean.
Half way through we had sangria sorbet to clean our palates before the arrival of second half of the food.
The beef fillet was amazing too, we all know there is not much leeway between a medium and a well done steak. When we say medium-rare the steak came out medium-rare no questions asked. The fillet was juicy, more pink colour with a little pink juice flowing. The steak was soft, spongy and slightly springy. Fried chorizo and polenta married the dish quite well together.
The pre dessert was quite interesting, the smell of the ginger was quite subtle. It worked quite well with the mango curd. Sweet, sour, spicy were all in that one bowl.
For desserts, we couldn't make up our minds so half of us had the chocolate pudding, and the other chose the soufflé. Both didn't disappoint, I fancied the chocolate pudding just because I am a huge chocolate fan. The soufflé was equally just as good, the freshness of the passionfruit, really seemed like they were just picked out of the tree. It was light and fluffy and excellent way to finish off a scrumptious feast.
Oh D'Arry's D'Arry's, you have once again impressed our tastebuds. For the price of the degustation menu, it was definitely worth it if you compare the quality and quantity of this to other restaurants. No wonder we keep coming back to you, every time we are surprised by the amazing dishes that you put out for us. We will be back!!
Visit D'Arry's Verandah Restaurant - Osborn Road, McLaren Vale, SA 5171 - (08) 8329 4848
Open for lunch daily
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday
Weekend bookings require a minimum of two courses ordered per person, including a main course
- 2 courses - $70pp
- 3 courses - $85pp
- Degustation menu per person: $95pp, wine pairings per person $55pp (vegetarian degustation menu also available)