The concept of seasonal food has merit in terms of sustainability as well as freshness and flavour, and Sally and John Dean are demonstrating their support for the concept with their Aqucaf seasonal menus.
I paid a visit last weekend to enjoy the river views and try out the winter menu.
My friend and I planned to settle in for a while so we decided to share a bottle of wine. The list includes a selection of wines from Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Kangaroo Island and further afield. We chose Currency Creek Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay which seemed to suit the sunny afternoon sparkles on the river.
I was tempted by a number of items on the new menu, including the 'Pie Floater', a house made lamb pie with pea and mint soup, topped with bush chutney. Though nothing tempted me quite as much as the pasty, made with local fish, prawns, smoked trout, potato, cheese and herbs, wrapped in house-made pastry.
My considerate friend allowed me a taste of her dish; Warm Peking Duck Salad with soba noodles, brocollini, green beans, roast almonds, soy & sesame dressing. It was a divine combination of salty, crunchy flavours and garden fresh greens.
Sally tried her best to tempt us with dessert specials which included Apple Crumble, perfect for winter, but we stoically resisted. For now. Practising delayed gratification means I can look forward to another visit to Aquacaf for dessert and coffee soon.