Dinner at RiverBank Estate Winery and Restaurant, Caversham, Swan Valley

Riverbank Estate

Last weekend, Renay and I were invited to attend an intimate dinner at RiverBank Estate Winery and Restaurant in the Swan Valley with a group of local bloggers. The theme of the evening was RiverBank’s new menu, which is mostly based around share plates.

Riverbank EstateLast weekend, Renay and I were invited to attend an intimate dinner at RiverBank Estate Winery and Restaurant in the Swan Valley with a group of local bloggers. We arrived just in time to see the sun set over the Estate’s 25 acre vineyard, a truly beautiful sight.

The theme of the evening was RiverBank’s new menu, which is mostly based around share plates with some “main course” dishes which you may or may not wish to share (see pork belly below!)

Head Chef Darren King has been with RiverBank estate for nine years, and creates seasonally inspired menus using fresh, regional and estate-grown produce.

Riverbank EstateThe dining room at RiverBank opens up onto the gardens, as you can see above. This would be a glorious place to sit and enjoy lunch in the fresh, Swan Valley air.

Riverbank EstateTo start our evening, we were served some delicious house-made chicken liver pate and chilli olives.

Riverbank EstateThe first dish we tried was this well-presented classic-combination of seared scallops with crispy prosciutto and pea & mint puree (gluten free – $22). The prosciutto was super-crisp and a great contrast against the soft scallop and smooth puree.

Riverbank EstateThe second dish we tried was soft-shell crab with a really refreshing watermelon salad and mustard aioli ($20).

Other “share” items on the menu include marinated sardines with grilled sourdough & tomato salsa ($17), crispy fried chicken wings with homemade chilli vinegar ($17) and pickled pork slider on brioche bun with slaw ($5 each).

Riverbank EstateWe also tried two meat courses, the first being this super-soft grilled Wagyu beef with kimchi, wasabi and soy & sake dipping sauce ($22).

Riverbank EstateNext was my favourite dish of the night, honey & soy glazed pork belly with ginger & carrot puree ($38). The pork belly was melt-in-the-mouth soft – with crackling sprinkled on top – and the puree rich without being overpowering. This is the kind of dish you go back for.

Other main course dishes include char sui duck leg with bok choy, fennel & apple slaw ($38), pepper berry crusted kangaroo with polenta chips & honey glazed carrots ($40) and beetroot risotto with goats cheese & rocket ($36). Side dishes include potato & parmesan gratin ($14), broccolini with toasted almonds ($10) and pumpkin with feta, pine nuts & rocket ($15).

Riverbank EstateWe sampled two desserts this evening, the first being the soft and not-too-sweet fig and frangipane tart with marscarpone & anglaise ($16).

RiverBank EstateThe second dessert was stunning to look at – banana ice cream with chocolate and caramel ($16). Banana can be a tricky flavour to pull off, but the balance here was just right.

Other desserts include a peanut butter ice-cream sandwich ($16) and an affogato with your choice of spirit (one of each please! – $16.50).

Riverbank Estate

 

Riverbank Estate

Despite living in Ellenbrook we don’t venture into the Swan Valley that often, and left RiverBank this evening wondering why. RiverBank estate is less than 25 minutes from home for us – and about the same from the CBD – and serves great food & wine in a fantastic setting.

The RiverBank Estate cellar door is open from 10am to 4pm and the restaurant from 11:30am to 2:30pm, seven days a week – they even have live jazz on the first Saturday of every month. RiverBank would be a perfect setting for a wedding or corporate event, and you can find more information at their website here.

Special offer from RiverBank Estate: for the month of March 2016 only, Morsels readers can receive a very generous $150 discount on a case of wine by quoting the code words “blogger” and “Morsels” when ordering.

Disclaimer: Renay and I dined as invited guests of RiverBank Estate, and all food & drink was provided with compliments.

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Martin

Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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