Millbrook has lunch deal where for $75 you can get an entree (or share plate between two), a main meal and a desert. This is pretty good value. Its not overwhelmingly good value but at least it makes splitting the bill easy - if thats your thing. Plus bafflingly enough you get a complimentary mash with truffle oil and a garden salad for the table to share. I don't know why this made us laugh so much but I think it was the way it was told to us with such ernest that because we were spending 4 x $75 we would get free mash. Kinda cute.
As there were four of us we decided on two tasting plates to start with. These came on three little plates.
The first was the most delicious and unusual version of Bruschetta that I have ever had. Grilled Ciabatta with freshly shelled peas (they tasted straight out of the garden), garlic and pesto. The flavour was intense. Such a surprising mix of ingredients and wow, how well they worked together!
The second dish was a perfectly fresh oyster on steak tartar. It sounds weird I know. I was sceptical. Two types of raw food together didn't really appeal to me. But again the flavour sensation was quite out of this world. The steak was diced as opposed to ground and had a bit of bite to it.
The third dish was my least favourite but still quite nice. It was tongue wrapped in radish in a cheese sauce. Yes.... sounds awful but it wasn't bad. It was certainly out shined by the other two dishes though.
So onto the mains. Two of us had the Manjimup marron. This was cooked to perfection still in the shell although very easy to get out of and served with preserved garden vegetables. These are a little bit like pickled vegetables although not so tart. Delicious and very filling for such a light meal.
One of us had the Viognier braised Baldivis rabbit risotto with pancetta and pecorino. This was quite a large serving and absolutely delicious. The rice was not stodgy at all.
The dish that stood out the most to me was the fish of the day. It was Barramundi with mussels and green vegies. The Barramundi had a crispy skin and was melt in your mouth delicious.
To accompany our meals we drank the reserve Millbrook Chardonnay. I am not usually a Chardonnay fan but this was a good wine. I would drink it again.
The only part that was a shame was our fault entirely. We forfeited the deserts that sounded quite extraordinary as we had to fly into a friends house on the way home and get the heli back on time. So we grabbed coffees and away we went.
I highly recommend Millbrook. I would suggest going in Spring so you can sit outside. The inside of the restaurant gets rather loud and echoey.
Another cheeky tip for the ladies - the Chefs were hot hot hot. We all noticed. Good food breeds good people!