d’Arry’s Verandah, McLaren Vale

Sometimes I feel sorry for the poor soul of C – he doesn’t like anything sweet yet I drag him to dessert bars and turn into a beast, gorging on delicious cakes and beating my baboon chest when food is delicious. I think I’ve painted a clear enough picture of what C’s life with me is like :P It was our 4 years and so the fancy pants came on for d’Arry’s verandah.

d'Arry's Verandah wine

I’ve heard so much about this lobster medallion and rightly so. Tender lobster and a giant dumpling stuffed full of prawns, crabs and herbs in a creamy laksa-like soup – so flavoursome! How much did I love it? I told C to back off from my dish.

Lobster Medallion with Blue Swimmer Crab & Prawn Ravioli & Lobster Bisque

Lobster Medallion with Blue Swimmer Crab & Prawn Ravioli & Lobster Bisque ($30)

Rustic, homey Australian dish of seared slices of roo fillet, roo pie with roasted winter vegetables. Funky looking veggies that I had no idea what they were – some added a delightful sweetness while others gave that earthy flavour but all had a lingering meaty taste which went hand in hand with the chewy roo slices. Flaky, light as air puff pastry encased a slightly bitter kangaroo tail filling resulting in a delicious pie but I wish there was a sauce to make it less dry.

Seared Roo Fillet & Roo Tail Pie

Seared Roo Fillet & Roo Tail Pie with Swede Mash, Roast Winter Vegetables, Horseradish Foam & The Ironstone Pressings Glaze ($37)

Sri Lankan Duck Leg Curry & Breast with Coconut Curd, Soy Sago & Cucumber Pickle

Sri Lankan Duck Leg Curry & Breast with Coconut Curd, Soy Sago & Cucumber Pickle ($37)

C’s passionfruit souffle (he never has dessert, it’s a first) was bursting full of passionfruit flavour from the cream and passionfruit seeds. Sadly I couldn’t taste the souffle as most of it was lathered with cream.

Passionfruit Soufflé with Pouring Cream

Passionfruit Soufflé with Pouring Cream ($18)

Pretty and beautiful was what I first thought when my panna cotta like dessert came out. It tasted like grass/flower with the source narrowed down to the orange jelly layer. I had to scrape it all off and sacrifice the popcorn before I could go on. The panna cotta itself had a viscous texture and left a sweet honey taste on the tongue. There was this still something that put me off that I can’t put my finger on – I think it must be contamination issues from the jelly.

Honey & Orange Blossom Mirois with Cinnamon Tuile & Salty Toffee Pop Corn

Honey & Orange Blossom Mirois with Cinnamon Tuile & Salty Toffee Pop Corn 17.00

The entree and mains were delicious and I came out with a very content belly. However, the desserts for me were not to my tastebuds where I was pretty scarred from that grass flavour. FYI I had to drench my throat with a hot chocolate afterwards to try get rid of that lingering taste.

Food: 4.5/5 (ignoring the dessert – the entree and mains were very very delicious)
Service: 4/5
Atmosphere: 4/5 – overlooking the vineyards with blue skies, ummm yes please.

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