25 Harrisons Road
Before I start talking about lunch at Crittenden Estate I want to mention that today is Leap 'baby' Piecey Num Num's 4th birthday. I didn't plan to launch my blog on the 29th, it just sort of happened and as the day only comes around once every 4 years I think it is worth mentioning. The last 4 years haven't exactly panned out as I had planned. The frequency of my posts has been a bit erratic over the years as I have allowed 'life' to get in the way of blogging but I have big plans for the blog this year and regular posts are at the top of the list. Now back to lunch :)
On our way home from our week in Mt Martha we dropped into Crittenden Estate for an early lunch. On the weekends in summer they serve casual food truck style food on the terrace in front of the Stillwater restaurant. This suited our plans perfectly for a casual lunch and the food was delicious.
Normally at a winery I am all about the wine but as I was driving home and it was just before noon I decided to have tea. Tea and coffee are served with a petit four and on this occasion it was a divine little macaron. The flavour was intriguing - I didn't write it down (blogger fail) but I remember it was a combination of chocolate and sichuan pepper.
We shared a number of dishes for lunch. All the food arrived picnic style in baskets and boxes. My favourite was the pork slider but the mushroom and truffle arancini were also delicious and very moreish. The truffle flavour was gorgeous.
|Pulled pork sliders with dill pickles, slaw & BBQ sauce (2) / $14|
|Mushroom & truffle arancini with aioli (5) / $12|
|Bowl of chips / $10|
|Prawn gyoza with soy & mirin sauce (5) / $12|
The kid's fish and chips were a big hit with everyone, not just the kids! We also ordered the kid's pasta bolognese ($13) but Miss 4 was too hungry to wait so no pictures. She polished it off so that's always a good sign! (The penne bolognese was served in a bowl!)
|Kid's fish & chips / $13|
The grounds are gorgeous and huge with lots of space for kids to run around. My niece and nephew had a lot of fun exploring and visiting the various animal sculptures dotting the landscape.
As we left we visited the cellar door. It's a lovely space overlooking the lake so I will definitely be coming back to sample some wine.