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The Gallery Restaurant at Bird in Hand Winery

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Published February 11th 2020
Farm to Table
There are two dining experiences available at Bird in Hand Winery's The Gallery Restaurant which is open for lunch every day of the year excluding Christmas Day.

These are the six-course Joy Flight, for which one is advised to allow three hours, and the four-course Chef's Flight, at two hours.

Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
Bird in Hand Winery




But thanks to wine tastings and pre-dinner drinks on the terrace, I'm close to taking off already.

In that pleasant, seraphic, emulsified, glowing state of flickering consciousness, the edges of the world are being blurred. It's a time machine accessed most readily by half a glass* of South Australian Shiraz, while being irradiated by sunlight on a 38°C day, and reads like a pulpy noir script.

Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
The Gallery Restaurant


I'd been there before, standing in the bleached sunlight, staring into the heat haze of a far off horizon.

The regret was starting to sink in.

Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
The Gallery Restaurant



Memories, corrosive, acidic, burning, all resolving themselves into One Big Mistake.

There were no answers.

I had to make it right.


But there are no second chances.

Did I have a choice?

The choice at The Gallery is binary.

Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
The Kitchen Garden


Light wood textures dominate the scene at The Gallery restaurant, with light cascading through large French windows, in some ways reminiscent of another cellar door restaurant. Outside is the rustic charm of vines and sandstone buildings, with a curated selection of sculptures and artwork providing an interesting diversion should one choose to meander past trimmed hedges and manicured lawns.

To one side is an Edenic scene, a neat kitchen garden where herbs and vegetables are cultivated and harvested under the shade of a palm tree. Alongside, by a wall facing a large grassy area - where concerts and functions are held - a monolithic, imposing bone-white sculpture of a chimpanzee's head is eye-wateringly radiant in the harsh sunlight.

Inside the restaurant, there is a gallery of smaller artworks. Paintings, prints and pottery from both local and international artists decorate a feature wall.

The menu changes seasonally. On the day I visited, the Chef's Flight featured a range of locally sourced produce presented beautifully, in keeping with a farm to table ethos.

Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
Bread and Olive Oil.


Tender slivers of rich and flavourful gin cured ocean trout, savoury sea grape and nori salt contrast perfectly with the popping, fruity tang of tangerine pearls and piquant, light, horseradish cream.

Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
Ocean Trout


Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
Ocean Trout


A pepperberry duck breast is juicy and tender with salty-sweet notes from a complex merlot sauce. Riberries, mulberries and pomegranate are juxtaposed texturally with the bitter, crispy crunch of fresh radicchio.



The acidic notes of desert lime, pureed apples and fresh coriander cut through succulent, fatty adobo pork belly paired with squid.

Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
Pork and Squid


Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
Pork and Squid


A side of baby cos lettuce gems dressed with mildly pungent Roquefort and scattered with egg, speck and capers makes for a light but flavoursome finger food similar to a Caesar Salad.

Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
Cos Lettuce Salad


Medium rare Black Angus Beef on cauliflower puree with beetroot mustard is a highlight of the flight while crispy sautéed kale with broccolini is given an explosive umami boost from feta and truffled pecorino.

Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
Angus Beef


Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
Angus Beef


Bird in Hand The Gallery Restaurant Adelaide Hills Lunch Degustation Restaurant Winery Wine Tourist Destination
Sautéed Broccolini


A creamy, moreish salted caramel white chocolate mousse dessert with a generous cheese platter brings the flight to a pleasantly smooth landing, earlier than scheduled.





The 6 course menu is at the time of writing priced at $130 and the 4 course at $85. A large collection of wines are available as expected.





If you're looking for a relaxed degustation of delicious local seasonal produce presented impeccably with interesting ingredients and unique flavour combinations in the Adelaide Hills, The Gallery Restaurant at Bird in Hand Winery, Woodside, may well satisfy that craving.

*Drink responsibly
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Why? A leisurely lunch in a beautiful restaurant
When: Lunchtime every day of the year excluding Christmas Day
Phone: (08) 8389 9488
Where: Bird In Hand Rd & Pfeiffer Rd, Woodside SA 5244
Cost: $85 for the 4 course lunch and $130 for the 6 course lunch
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