Chesters is nestled in the Swan Valley, just 25 minutes away from the cbd and you will feel like you have left the city life behind for an idyllic countryside restaurant.
The Swan Valley is a great place for a day trip with the various wineries and attractions and Chesters is a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of busy inner city dining. The family owned restaurant is a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner and is open Wednesdays through to Sundays. The restaurant was initially a fruit drying shed and later a stable, through its long history the place embodies a rustic charm. All the wooden furniture in the restaurant is handcrafted from the original timbers.
Chesters sources most of its menu from local producers, from the fresh seafood to the succulent smoked produce. For the wine connoisseurs the restaurant also incorporates the Heafod Glen Winery which has a great selection of reds, whites, fortified wines and reserves which are available for tastings during the day. The restaurant overlooks the tranquil vineyard where the grapes are cultivated before they are harvested.
The Bloody Mary Oysters were delicious smothered in a tomato, vodka, tabasco and horseradish sauce. There seems a Spanish influence in the Jamon Ham and Chilli Cheese Croquettes, the jalapenos where quite spicy but I would definitely recommend this for those who love a bit of spice. The Pork Fillet was mouth-watering and was served with caramelised onions, a potato rosti and apple jus.
For those who are a little more adventurous, they also serve a kangaroo fillet on the menu. The Barramundi was also well cooked and the skin crispy, this was served with venison chorizo, crab cakes and herb polenta chips.
If you are looking for a wine to accompany your meal you have come to the right place, for a white I would recommend the Verdelho with its crisp fruity flavours or if you prefer a red the award winning 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon should not be overlooked. For those non-wine enthusiasts, the restaurant also has a bar and the daiquiris are very refreshing.
Lastly, for dessert the Passionfruit and Raspberry Pannacotta was delectable and I can never go past a good Banoffee Pudding (a mix of banana and toffee for those who have not heard of it before) it was melt in your mouth goodness.
So if you feel like taking a short trip, I would definitely suggest taking a day and exploring the local produce and wineries in our very own backyard.