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Published July 19th 2014
Please open for dinner
Sirromet has long been a local institution in the Redlands. Set in the bushy surrounds of Mount Cotton, Sirromet boasts a cellar door, cafe, fine dining restaurant and functions facilities. Last year they added the Tuscan Terrace restaurant to their portfolio. Its taken us a little while to get round to visiting but it was well worth the wait.
As with most establishments however, it can't all be good news so let's get a few negatives out the way first. Firstly on a windy day the poor old Terrace is just a tad gusty and there is very little option for protected seating. There is a small indoor area attached to the service zone of the restaurant, but unfortunately none of the doors close properly so bring you woolies! Secondly, everyone loves a good wedding but at Sirromet, weddings take precedence and if there is one on in the area you're happily enjoying your wine and meals, you are given your marching orders. (Trust me they seem to have a least one wedding every day of the week too, so don't think you can dodge them!). Thirdly, your wine options are Sirromet or Sirromet, which anyone who has partaken in this tipple in the past will know, its improving but its still not great!
Ok, bad bits aside, there's lots of positives as well. Number one it really is a glorious location. Sitting on the terrace looking at the sun shining on the green pastures and watching the wallabies hop between the vineyards is magical. Generally speaking, the staff there are also all a pleasure to deal with.
The cellar door has been serving quality cafe style meals for quite sometime but I think if you have the time and the appetite definitely go for lunch at the Tuscan Terrace. Their menu is well thought out and delicious. I have been on one other occasion so far and thoroughly enjoyed a smoked salmon salad but this time my partner and I decided to try one of their hand-stretched pizzas. I have to mention one particular thing before I talk about the pizzas. My partner doesn't eat cheese. I know, weird, but he doesn't. He does however love pizza, cheese-free pizza. I've come to appreciate that, if the toppings are good enough, cheese-free pizza is actually pretty good. If the toppings aren't good though, without cheese a pizza can really suck, and many restaurants use stacks of cheese to hide the fact that the rest of their ingredients are lacking. The Tuscan Terrace's pizzas are great! We went for the pollo pizza which was chocked full of chicken, red peppers and rocket. The bases are a delight, the perfect consistency and wood fired so there is no hint of greasiness.
My sister and her husband went for the seafood pizza and I definitely had a bit of food envy. The fresh prawns and scallops looked amazing! We also shared a bruschetta which was very nicely done and served with beautiful fresh buffalo mozzarella.