While it may look like a typical pub, Valley Hotel at Tanunda in Barossa Valley offers an unusual experience in their range of reasonably priced Stonegrill dishes. The Stonegrill concept uses special volcanic stones heated to 400 degrees Celsius. Your chosen food is presented on the stone and you have to cut and cook it yourself. The very quick process of searing the food is said to help to retain its natural flavour and juiciness.
The Lemon Pepper Prawns are great for those new to the Stonegrill concept since the prawns do not need cutting up. The serving was pretty generous, comprising four skewers of four prawns per skewer. The prawns were very fresh and the lemon pepper seasoning heightened their flavour with its sharpness. A ginger, sweet chilli, satay dipping sauce was served with the prawns. This sauce added a tangy element to the dish.
Lemon Pepper Prawns (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Featuring lamb, chicken, pork tenderloin and beef, the Hotel Mixed Combo is ideal if you want to enjoy a wide variety of meats. The Stonegrill cooking method resulted in chicken which was juicy with a delectable char-grilled flavour. The pork tenderloin was tender and the flavour of the lamb was not too strong. The beef was very enjoyable to eat when it was not overcooked. This was our first Stonegrill eating experience and we weren't very organised.
Hotel Mixed Combo (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Stated to be the 'ultimate Stonegrill experience', the Eye Fillet of Beef is tenderloin which has been aged for twenty one days. Compared to the beef from the Hotel Mixed Combo, the eye fillet was tenderer, with a richer taste from the ageing process. A serving of BBQ bourbon sauce is provided should you wish to add a smoky flavour to the beef. All the Stonegrill dishes were served with a serving of chips and salad.
Eye Fillet of Beef (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
If you are not in the mood for Stonegrill dishes, the Valley Hotel also offers the usual pub fare such as schnitzels and burgers. There was also a pensioner's menu that offers a selection of their dishes at a reduced price for seniors. We got a main meal free by using our Entertainment Book voucher. The décor of the hotel gave it a casual, rustic feel. After the lovely meal, we enjoyed a leisurely walk along the street and popped into Beans Cream Gelateria for our dessert.