I had visited once before and experienced the effervescent personality of the restauranteur, Kathrin, as she led me through a tasting of the six wines produced here by her winemaker husband, Alan. Recently, I seized the opportunity to return to Victor's Place, this time for a leisurely lunch with my women friends.
The menu offers a choice of two courses, three courses or three courses with wine pairing at different price points. Naturally, all ingredients are sourced locally where possible and the menu is seasonal.
We were treated to a complimentary amuse-bouche which included a sublime duck liver pate morsel on a handmade cracker. The gluten-sensitive among us were thoughtfully presented with a cracker made from rice flour.
The first course offered a choice of tomato and goats curd tart, with merlot involved, or king prawn toast with crispy ice-plant and salmon roe. I chose the third option; wood smoked, tarragon brined, free-range chicken with fermented shallots, onion soubise, corn, tarragon and endive. The medley of flavours worked so well.
The second course offered a seafood dish including Coorong Mulloway and Kinkawooka mussels which I feared may be too filling and a beef dish along with my choice of pork loin with braised onions, juniper, green apple, mustard and herbs. Once again, I wasn't disappointed.
Varney Wines Entrada Rosé was our choice of accompanying wine. Made from Grenache grapes this rosé has a satisfying berry presence without being too sweet. It was a perfect choice for lunch with friends.
We were each tempted by the choice of three desserts but heroically declined in favour of coffee. This was considered a selfless act that encourages a return visit to Victor's in order to sample these and other items on this most appealing menu. I think I'll skip breakfast and order the seafood dish next visit. I love to plan ahead.