Knee Deep winery in Margaret River whilst know for its exceptional wines is beginning to establish an equally impressive reputation for its food. A last minute decision to head South for the Easter long weekend had me eager to find out what the hype was all about. I managed to snag the last available booking for the entire long weekend and boy was I in for a treat. Upon entering the cosy winery we proceeded to sample some of the fabulous wines on offer. We skipped straight to the reds as it was quite a chilly day and nothing beats a red on an Autumn’s day. However, when browsing the menu, the abundance of seafood and white meat made it an easy decision to start off the meal with a fabulous glass of my favourite ’09’ drop “Kim’s Chardonnay”.
And what a wonderful pairing it would be…
This Japanese inspired entrée consisted of blue marron, smoked eel, marron dash, kimchi and quail’s egg with home-made udon noodles. Every element of the dish was perfectly balanced and complimented each other. (Ensure you get every ingredient on the spoon for full enjoyment).
As a huge fan of anything cauliflower the ‘aerated’ cauliflower, along side seared scallops, carbonated greens, raw grapes and whey emulsion was a must try and was the stand out dish of the day.
When dining out I always try to avoid ordering things I cook on a regular basis. However, I think i need to watch a few more seasons of Master chef to produce a chicken dish of this calibre. The chicken breast was slowly cooked with pot roasted onion, soubise, onion ash, smoked red wine and thyme oil. It was at this point I switched to a glass of Cabernet Merlot before diving into my next intensely flavoured plate of goodness.
This brightly coloured plate consisted of duck breast and leg with salted burnt orange, smoked eggplant, garlic nougatine, shaved almonds and witlof. I couldn’t get enough. Or could I?…
When the waitress offered the desert menu I reluctantly accepted and was immediately drawn to the Japanese inspired desert of sweet miso custard, green tea ice cream, green tea meringue, yuzu and pear.
The last desert was ‘every chocoholics dream’ and the perfect finale to my dining experience. The chocolate cremeux, was intensely rich yet balanced with the fresh fruit flavours of passionfruit, pineapple and nitro coconut. I was in heaven.
Food lovers do yourself a favour and put Knee Deep wineries at the top of your list on your next trip to the phenomenal South West of Australia.