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Published December 27th 2014
Glory days, Hollandaise, Lazy Sundays
The sign on North East Road said "Breakfast served from 9am on Saturdays and Sundays". A quick check on the smartphone and it was just past 9am on Sunday ..... so why not - it was warm and a relaxed breakfast sounded like the perfect tonic. A short detour from North East Road on to Lower Hermitage Road, and we ended up at the Gatehouse Bistro.
The Gatehouse Bistro is located at the Glen Ewin Estate, a unique heritage listed property in the Adelaide Hills. Established in 1843, it is one of the most historic places in South Australia with picturesque valleys, rolling hills and 19th century stone buildings. Numerous function rooms, and a cellar door exist at the Glen Ewin Estate, but it was upstairs to the Gatehouse Bistro that was our attraction.
With some eight menu items to choose from for breakfast, and all at the same price, the choice was interesting. Value-for-money stuck in my mind, but that all became too hard to work through given there was no pictures or concept as to portion sizes. So the complicated selection process was abandoned in favour of the top two items on the menu ! Sometimes simplicity does rule.
The Tasman Salmon arrives. A dish of fine Tasmanian smoked salmon on baked ciabatta with hens eggs and hollandaise sauce was a delightful (and large) dish. The test of a good salmon is the colour, and this was consistently pink with a non flaky texture and firm appearance. Overall, it was a delight to eat. However the Hollandaise was more than a delight - the subtle tang combined with the melted butter brought out some extraordinary flavours that I haven't experienced for some time.
And keeping with the hollandaise theme, the Eggs Benedict arrives. It is described as gypsy ham on baked ciabatta with hens eggs and hollandaise sauce. Gypsy ham is not so easily found in Adelaide, and is a smoked leg ham which is darker in colour than normal ham, has a tender texture, delicate smoke flavour and is coated in an onion and garlic mix, with rind and fat removed. This dish was also loaded with taste and flavours, and like the Salmon, was a generous serve.
The coffees also arrived, and were more than satisfactory in their large mugs. But impressing me most today was the customer service. From finding a table for us (most people book ahead) to serving promptly, and regular follow up on the quality of the servings, the customer service from the team at the Bistro was second to none.
The views from the upstairs bistro / balcony of the gardens, ponds, and rolling hills were exceptional on this sunny day with the chirping birds and moving shadows providing more than enough input for robust breakfast chatter amongst the numerous breakfast guests.
The Gatehouse Bistro is located a the southern end of Lower Hermitage Road (just off North East Road), and is open from 9am daily. Further details are available from the Glen Ewin Estate or their facebook page.