Lamonts has always been one of my favorite wineries in the South West of Western Australia. I was devastated when I found out that they had shut the original dam side restaurant in favour of reserving it only for functions. I had my thirtieth there and the venue holds many good memories. However it was time to make more.
Lamonts Smiths Beach - this had a totally different feel. Not only that it was beach side (yet no view of ocean) but that it was ultra modern and didnt have the organic feel to it that the other venue had. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing however.
My boyfriend and I turned up starving so we were pleased that we were attended to almost immediately. The server brought out the most delicious baguette that was warm and served with salty butter which we spread unsparingly. We also ordered a bowl of olives from the humungous bowl that was out on display. Olives being a simple thing are hard to be impressive but these were presented beautifully. The shades of greens and browns from the different variety of olives looked stunning.
For my main meal I really wanted the famous marron. Alas this was no longer an option. It used to be a very simple dish with lightly buttered vegetables. It was very healthy. Lamonts still had maron featured on the menu but it was baked with garlic butter and served with a salad of spinach and garden greens.
This dish was melt in your mouth amazingly delicious It wasn't a huge dish but the flavour more than made up for the lack of substance! I would go back for more in a heartbeat. The garlic wasn't overwhelming and it wasn't too buttery. I didn't feel I was eating a plate of cholesterol.
My boyfriend chose the half roast chicken. It must have been a very small tiny chicken as I think it looked like a quarter. It was served on potato rosti with goats cheese and green vegetables. I tasted the chicken and it was lemon scented. Perfectly cooked. Really tender and juicy. Perfect for a sunday lunch.
Because I am a vegetable freak I felt it necessary to order more vegetables. Greens tossed in butter and served with pancetta. Delux. I honestly could live on this dish alone. Maybe food blogs are not my calling as it is these simple things that really get me going ;)
To finish off the meal it is a rule at any Lamonts restaurant that the pavlova is to be had. This version of it was served with winter berries and creme anglais. It was sweet but the slight sourness of the berries balanced it out well. The pavlova was light and crispy and still a little gooey on the inside. Amazing.
I recommend all of the wines at Lamonts. I would also suggest following their recommendations with the accompanying wines for each dish. This is what I did and they were spot on. This is a winery that you leave with not only a full tummy but a full car boot - of wine that is. Too good too pass up.
Lamonts is not too pricey but for a nice experience I would budget $80 a head. I would also suggest bookings in the summer months. Now go and enjoy!