MT LOFTY RANGES VINEYARD
Well, what a pleasant surprise this place turned out to be! You’ll find Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard in Lenswood, which forms part of the Adelaide Hills wine region. I’d heard a rumour that there was good food to be had here, but I wasn’t expecting such a high standard. Young head chef Matt Fitton, formerly of Adelaide’s Playford Hotel, is working magic here. His food is modern and creative – what a win for winery owners Sharon Pearson and Garry Sweeney!
We’d rung in the morning for Saturday lunch but they were already fully booked so we thought we’d take our chances and just popped in a bit before 2pm and were lucky enough to score a table. It was a cool day in early spring so the wood fire was going – it was a bit smoky inside so we opted for a table out on the back deck which has a lovely outlook.
I got really excited when I saw the menu! Quite a few things appealed to me – and each dish has a recommended Mt Lofty wine to go with it. I love eggs so ordered the Slow cooked duck egg with potato, truffle and chicken skin. It looked great, with a nicely golden egg yolk and pieces of super-crispy chicken skin. Great texturally. Next, the South Australian shaved squid with dried chicken, herbs, white onion and smoked pork fat. A really nice delicate dish that had a tasty broth poured over it. My only complaint – the serving could have been slightly larger.
When the Sous vide pork loin with roasted artichoke, brussel sprout, pork skin crumble and nasturtium arrived, I remember squealing with joy – what a beautiful looking dish, and probably my pick of the day. Moist pork with two of my favourite things – brussel sprouts and Jerusalem artichokes, with a crunchy crumble of pork skin on top. The house-made mushroom ravioli with celeriac puree, white wine and sage looked pretty heavy and rich when it came to the table, but it was actually quite light. A really pleasant dish.
For dessert, the Adelaide Hills warm pear cake, sour rhubarb, spiced pear, pedro ximinez custard was a fine choice. Not too sweet and a great combination of flavours. I really liked this, and I don’t usually enjoy desserts.
I definitely recommend this place! Friendly service, a great outlook, quality food – and the wines ain’t too shabby either!