Riverbrook Restaurant Swan Valley Review
Lunch on Easter Sunday under a roof of trailing grapevines, gazing out on to the endless rows of wine on the hoof – what could be nicer?
My husband and I decided on the Riverbrook Restaurant in the Swan Valley for our holiday weekend lunch. Riverbrook is at the Upper Reach Winery. It’s slightly off the beaten track in Baskerville but very easy to find. Its name comes from the meeting of the Swan River with the Ellen Brook.
The restaurant was already busy by the time we arrived at 12:30 and was full by the time we left – always a good sign.
Riverbrook offers a tapas menu (bookings only), grazing platters or a la carte. We decided to go a la carte and ordered Chorizo ($14) as a shared entrée. Full of grilled chorizo, feta, chutney and olives – there was plenty for two.
For the main course my husband ordered the crumbed snapper ($36), which came with thrice cooked chips, garden salad and tartare sauce. My husband is not that keen on sauces so I was ever so slightly miffed when he said the tartare sauce was excellent and a vast improvement on any he had tasted previously…
The chips were crispy and the snapper delicately crumbed and excellent – it was a winner.
I ordered the beef fillet ($41). It came as ordered, medium-rare and was melt in your mouth tender, the peppers and onions were well cooked although I was not too keen on the potatoes but the tasty Shiraz jus tied everything together very nicely. Another winner! Seasoning for both dishes was on point.
We really indulged ourselves by ordering a third course. A dessert for me – Pina Colada panna cotta ($10) with grilled pineapple, vanilla ice cream and Malibu coulis. My husband had an Affogato sans liqueur. The Affogato came very quickly but after twenty minutes I had to ask what had happened to my panna cotta. Five minutes later it was served and it was good – the Malibou coulis was the hit of the dish but the panna cotta had just the right degree of wobbliness and yes I did learn that from Masterchef!
The Riverbrook restaurant caters for breakfast as well as lunch and wedding parties.
We also had the entertainment of watching children playing on the lawn that is underneath the restaurant. About six children making their own entertainment such as piggy back races and hide and seek – not an iphone or x box in sight.
Our other entertainment was Indy – the Upper Reach golden retriever. At eight years old, he is not a spring chicken and didn’t join in the games but he was enjoying the petting and cuddles.
The sun was shining, the food was good and the icing on our Easter cake was a lovely, small, caramel, Easter egg each when we paid our bill.
Address: 77 Memorial Avenue, Baskerville
Phone: 08 9296 3883
Opening hours: Every day from 9am to 5pm (kitchen closes at 3pm)
Gluten-free options: Yes
Dairy-free options: Yes
Vegetarian options: Yes
Restrooms: There is a short flight of stairs to clean toilets outside the main building. A dirt road, around the outside of the building is available for wheelchair access.
Parking: Limited parking at the front of the winery but overspill parking is available about 20 metres away
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