Back it up. Wow. She finally wrote something. Welcome to 2017. Now where did January go? I swear it was here a second ago….Hello, February.
When cruising up the tree lined lane of Tarrawarra Estate & Gallery, you will get the heebie jeebies. As one of my favourite dining spots, I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice in the past couple of months and have seen the amazing interior transformation that these guys managed to pull off in just two weeks. They’ve also changed their menu, keeping with their tradition of primarily using produce they grow on the property. Props to you, TW.
The refreshed space is a light filled, modern oasis. Most importantly, those beautiful chairs are even comfy to sit on. Always a winning combination that often gets over looked! If the people are comfy, they’ll stay and eat and drink more. Tadaaa.
Every dish I have had in this place is damn perfection and the cellar door space is a perfect spot to start your date, ladies lunch or just a long lunch on a Wednesday. Who doesn’t love long lunch Wednesdays. Or Thursdays.
Tarrawarra has some epic vinos and I of course recommend trying every one, every time. My favourite sparkling is their Blanc de Blanc and red wine lovers can’t go past the Nebbiolo. Their Rose is also taking off so you better try that too.
The Tarra team seem to know that I eat whilst cooking my meals, so they kindly have a section of the menu aptly titled ‘Snacks while you wait’. Think goats cheese profiteroles, honey ricotta with turnips, oysters from the best bays in Oz and house made baguette. Yep, it’s a tough life but someone’s gotta do it. Chicken liver pate is one of my favourites and if it’s one of yours, get to Tarrawarra.
Further to my rambles about the Tarrawarra team, hospo people take note, this is how you do service. I don’t think anywhere can top the service you receive at TW. Attentive yet not annoying, knowledgeable but not judgemental, practically perfect in every way.
Them taters. Mhm. The mains at Tarrawarra are my kind of art. On my most recent visit, I ordered the chicken (which I rarely do, because hey, anyone can cook chicken, right? WRONG). This chicken was freakin’ heavenly. That bottom right photo is their chicken. Fantastic crumb and a smooooth pate on the side. What a dish. Yuuuuum. Tarrawarra, convincing people to order the chicken for years. Chef Troy Spencer, take a bow.
I’m all about the cheese. All the cheese. Any time. Dessert time is cheese time for me. Well, let’s be honest, any time is cheese time. Hmm I had a point in this ramble, but now I’ve got cheese on the brain and it’s dairy all the way.
One of the many points I love about Tarrawarra is the service. Nothing is too much trouble and if you’re torn between 7 menu items or 8 different types of cheese (me), they are always on hand to help you out with recommendations. To which I usually reply ‘all of the above’.
Dessert time is everybody’s happy place. Semifreddo, ricotta cake, chocolate, they do it all and they do it all so well. I’m not usually a sweets person (except you donut, I loooove you) but Tarrawarra could convince me to move away from the cheese from time to time. And look at those designs – snaps of those should be hanging in the Tarrawarra Art Gallery.
If you’re venturing to the Yarra Valley, make sure you get to Tarrawarra. Whether it’s for a long lunch, a visit to the art gallery, or to share some of that fine cheese over a bottle of wine looking out at their jaw dropping views. They’ve got it all in spades.