First impressions of this restaurant were beyond expectations. Yes it is neat and charismatic, inviting you from the road, but even better once you step through the doors of Raven Wines.
With clean and crisp modern white lines, complemented by black, green and grey tone furnishings and rustic polished cement throughout, the décor just sets the mood for the entire gratifying experience.
The food and service are both impeccable. When you are first seated, you are greeted with the usual warming smile, menus and an offer for drinks, leaving you sufficient time to browse the well-planned menu.
Their concise menu is made up of mouth-watering morsels that intentionally work in harmony with their own hand-crafted range of wines. Using local community and Perth produce, you can certainly appreciate the quality of food, which is delicately cooked by chef, John Clarke.
The owner and winemaker, Warren Brown, together with his wife Annette, have certainly provided diners with an experience that is both delightful and unforgettable, tailoring their restaurant to specifically cater to their wines and the people sampling them.
We sampled the 'Slow Roast Pork Belly' and 'Chorizo and Chickpea' grazing meals. The meat was tender and both dishes held an abundance of flavours, with the taste and texture revealing how carefully it was all cooked. The only disappointment being there was no more left to eat.
Serving portions here are designed to satisfy without leaving you overly full. If you wish to order more, you can easily do so. The whole idea is to graze, pick and lounge while you enjoy the premium onsite wines. If you're not a wine drinker, then by all means, you don't have to experience Raven Wines in this way.
A selection of beers and other beverages are also available.
Prices are very reasonable for the amount of food you receive. At around $13 for most plates is good, considering it's close to an entrée dish size, or as they are termed grazing meals. So don't despair, it's worth it to order a few dishes and like tapas, taste and share them with all your family and friends.
The 2008 Shiraz we chose to drink during our meal and with our cheese savoury board option after was outstanding. You don't have to know a lot about wines to understand the care and complexity gone into the making of this wine. The taste says it all.
Finishing our dining pleasure and bottle of wine with a selection of 2 cheeses; one blue and one soft with cabernet merlot jelly, left us fully satisfied and mouths salivating. The wine really does complement the food. So if you need a little assistance in making your selection, don't hesitate to ask the waiters' advice.
Kids are more than welcome to dine here. They have a short menu just for them, which includes a meal, drink and ice cream for only $12. After the kids are done eating, they can venture out to the courtyard, big tree and largely grassed area to play. You can easily keep an eye on them, while you finish your meal with vineyard views.
This little place gets really busy so bookings are essential, unless you snack and drink at the bar. Bar food is around $4.50. Bookings can be made by phoning the restaurant on (08) 9531 2774, otherwise via e-mail or fax shown here.
The restaurant is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, with public holidays attracting the normal 15% surcharge. Raven Wines is situated at 41 Wilson Road on the corner of Pinjarra Road. Tucked away from the road, it would be easy to miss if it were not for the signs.