Sunday, March 19, 2017

Frogmore Creek (Cambridge Tasmania) 03/2017

This restaurant/reception centre/winery 

sits in a gorgeous site 
about 20 minutes out of Hobart. They offer a reasonable a la carte menu and wines from three labels - Frogmore Creek, 42 Degrees and Storm Creek. They are all cold climate wines priced from about $25 to $30 which is very reasonable.
I enjoyed a three course dinner starting with pressed and smoked salmon potato, capers,white anchovies, caramelised red onion, crostini, lemon and dill dressing.

Attractive to look at as well as to eat very good start to the meal. The alternative for this dinner, organized by the ANZCA was terrine of slow cooked chicken, with gherkin, potato, crisped bacon, avocado puree and caesar dressing. 
Despite the fine ingredients this was a little bland but very acceptable.
My main was slow cooked pork belly, croquette of the shoulder,apple puree, rhubarb compote, pork cracker and Picalilli sauce.
An OK dish but the cracker was very thin and when I get pork belly I really like it to be fat, which this was not!
It was served with oven roasted baby potatoes with sea salt and rosemary 
which were totally delicious. Roasted beetroot salad with feta, rocket, croutons and sherry dressing
was pleasant enough but the dressing was almost not noticeable.
The alternative main, roast lamb loin with confit potatoes,baby carrots, eggplant and cumin puree, smoked garlic aioli, juniper berry jus looked a lot more appealing 
though I'm told the lamb was a little chewy. 
Desserts were sticky date pudding, caramel sauce, mascarpone and vanilla cream, candied pecan nuts and yogurt sorbet. 
Not too sweet I loved it.
Chocolate, coffee and Lark whisky mousse and fudge, chocolate tuille and vanilla ice cream looked rich, sweet and moorish 
and, I'm told' it was all of that and beaut.
Comments: This certainly is an extremely pleasant place to eat, especially on a pleasant March evening. The setting is beautiful, the venue is attractive, the service was friendly and efficient, the wines (I drank the 2013 Frogmore Creek Pinot Noir and their 2013 cab/sav) were very good. On top of that the food was generally very good too. 
Score: 15 /20



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