It doesn’t take much to convince me to take a quick drive down the road to have lunch by the lake and it was such a lovely day for great company and good food.
Just having a spot of tea while the ladies indulge in the winery’s chardonnay 2009.
I’m ready for lunch!
One wonders if they had too much roquette in the kitchen that day.
Scallops – Queensland half shell scallops, zucchini puree and smoked tomatoes ($17.00). This was a bit too salty with the tomatoes and zucchini.
Squid – Salt and pepper squid served with westerings spicy mayonnaise ($17.00). This was fabulous! A crispy layer coating very tender pieces of squid.
Tart – Goat cheese tart, roasted baby beets, prosciutto salad, aged balsamic ($16.00). The goat cheese wasn’t too strong but the tartlet shells were too thick for my liking.
Bruschetta – wild forest mushrooms and Persian fetta ($17.00). A lovely mixture of mushrooms, my friend said it was lovely.
Chicken – Marinated chicken stacked with grilled mint Haloumi, crispy pancetta and skordalia ($28.00). I love Haloumi so I stole all of Timmy’s pieces but I didn’t think this dish was a particularly special.
Barramundi – Wild barramundi fillet with smashed peas, salsa rosso and prosciutto sail ($29.00).
Rib eye – Rib eye on the bone, baked olive parmesan gnocchi, wilted spinach, red wine and rosemary jus ($33.00). A big piece of meat but it wasn’t the best steak I’ve ever had. The parmesan gnocchi had an interesting texture and I had to re-read the menu to figure out what it was.
Linguine – Pan fried prawns, chilli, garlic, semi-dried tomatoes and citrus splash ($28.00). Delicious prawns and a lovely pasta.
Duck – Duck confit, Dutch carrots, blood orange, sauterne jus ($27.00). My friend ate the whole thing so it must have been a tasty crispy duck.
There were five dessert choices and there were five of us, it was only logical that we tried one of everything.
White chocolate Zabaglione with berry compote ($13.00). Subtle flavours but it had an odd texture, somewhere between whipped egg whites and froth. They served waaay too much compote.
Vanilla bean panna cotta with warm spring fruit salad ($13.00). The softest panna cotta while still holding it’s shape, it had the most wonderful vanilla taste but the stewed fruit was a bit too much.
Profiterole sandwich with raspberry semi freddo and baked rhubarb ($13.00). This sounded like the most exciting dessert and presentation wise it was beautiful, alas the choux pastry was a bit stale so we ate around it to get to the tasty semi freddo.
Lemon brulee tart with blueberries ($13.00). I thought the base a little thick but delicious.
Chocolate marquise with mixed sorbet ($13.00). This was INTENSE! The sorbets were a lovely and refreshing contrast to pure rich chocolate that was in this dessert.
Lake George Winery isn’t really that far away but at the same time it is far enough to get out from the Canberra and enjoy the surrounding picturesque scenery.
Venue: Lake George Winery
Address: Federal Highway, Lake George, Collector, NSW, 2581
Phone: (02) 4848 0182
Restaurant Opening Times:
Thursday to Sunday – 9:00am to 4.30pm
Cellar Door Opening Times:
Wednesday to Sunday – 9:00am to 4.30pm