You would think winter is all grey and gloom but I beg to differ. There is something pleasant about the pitter patter of raindrops outside as you cozy up by the fire and there’s something extra special about the days when the sun comes out to play. Right in the middle of winter we were invited up to Longview Vineyard for a lovely Sunday Tapas. Coincidentally the sun was shining and the views were a vibrant green as far as the eyes can see. I don’t think you could get a better back drop for a long Sunday lunch.
We started in the porch where Mark greeted us as we sampled some wines before ooo-ing and aahhh-ing over dishes brought out for us to photograph. It definitely had us salivating and ready to eat when we headed inside. Until further notice, Longview are putting on Sunday Tapas at $50 per person for a selection of food designed for sharing whether it be a romantic meal for two or a big family gathering. Their award winning wines need no introduction so there is no doubt you’ll find a suitable wine to accompany your meal.
After tasting some wines we were led inside to comfortable warmth and a lovely blazing fireplace. The backdrop? Amazing rolling hills of vineyards. We started with some Grissini and Fleurieu Olives to nibble on before a hot bowl of Corn Chowder was brought out. The Corn Chowder was made with house-smoked shredded chicken, potatoes, corn kernels for the sweet bursts and topped with creme fraiche. I would however have liked the chowder to be thicker with stronger flavours. Beautiful warm crusty bread was also served to mop it all up. What took my interest was the butter that came with the bread. It was Smoked Paprika Butter and mighty delicious I wanted to raid the kitchen.
Our next course were some very moreish and delicious Crunchy Fried Mushrooms followed by Haloumi on Sweet Potato. The sweet potato had been house smoked so it had that lovely cooked flavour with subtle smokiness. So soft to dig into. It was topped with pan fried haloumi and a harissa rocket salad which had just the right amount of spice. This was one of my favourites!
There’s always bound to be a hearty stew like dish when it comes to winter. Polenta Crusted Beef Ragu Pie was presented to us in all its mouth watering glory with some broccolini on the side. The polenta crust was something I haven’t had before and absolutely loved. Of course with beef comes red wine and we were spoilt when our amazing host cracked open a couple of bottles of The Piece Shiraz.
Our last savoury dish was Pork Schnitzel with caponata and some Cauliflower Gratin on the side. Mr Foodie thinks cauliflower is the most boring vegetable in the world and he ate all of his so that says something.
A meal wouldn’t be complete without dessert and they wouldn’t want you to have to choose so out comes a dessert platter with Hazelnut Meringue Drops, Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies and Coconut Panna Cotta. So, I may or may not have mentioned I have a weakness for wafer biscuits. Well this one came with coconut wafers and it was the first thing I attacked. For the non-dessert lovers, fear not. A cheese platter is also served with a beautiful Shadows of Blue cheese and King Island Aged Cheddar. Enjoy them with Lavosh, quince paste, grapes and “Yakka” Shiraz spiced pear.
By the end of the meal our bellies were full, we’ve had a few glasses of wine and the sun was still shining at 4pm. We were so relaxed we could have easily dozed off. Some stayed the night and I wish I had but alas it was time to go home. Thank you to Mark, Sarah and the team at Longview for hosting us and giving us such a lovely experience. Longview’s Sunday Tapas is on every Sunday and bookings are recommended so if you’re looking for something to do this Sunday why not give them a call!
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited as a guest of Longview Vineyard
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