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Guests always ask us where to go for lunch. And the answer is never a short one! Luckily most of our guests are foodies like we are, so they don’t tend to roll their eyes too much when the list to lunch is a long one. We’ve been going to Aravina Estate Restaurant for longer than I care to remember. We’re always blown away by the immaculately kept gardens at Aravina, and love walking in seeing live music on the lawn. The cellar door at Aravina Estate is a must visit before lunch. Being so close to Bina Maya (12 minutes) many of our lucky guests pay them a visit. Formally known as Amberley Estate, Aravina have a fantastic wine flight to choose from. On this occasion we went for the old reliable’s: Chenin, Chardonnay, Cabernet and for comparison purposes Tempranillo.
For lunch? We decided to start with the single bloc Chenin which went down way too easy. As we’ve been to Aravina Estate a number of times we didn’t pop into their Surf Gallery on this occasion but I highly recommend a visit here as its the only one in Western Australia. Bringing the kids? Parents will delight on the fantastic enclosed playground and plenty of lawn space for the little ones to run around on. And when the live music is in full force, a dance is sure to be had.
We went of the 3 course menu for $80. Our waiter was an absolute delight, passionate about the food and the wine. I started with an ocean trout pastrami with smoked tomatoes and it looked pretty as a picture. Tasted pretty delicious too. Apparently the winner was the warm marron and cuttlefish salad but no one was sharing….rude! For mains, bye bye keto and hello freshly made pasta. The linguine with Shark Bay crab was worth the carb load. Particularly delicious washed down with a bottle of reserve chardonnay. Lastly, the native blood lime semifreddo was a yummy combination of creamy and crunch with the lemon myrtle meringue. A very pleasant Sunday afternoon all round.
Points to note? Aravina Estate have music on the lawn all through March. For a more casual afternoon they do pizza, Aperol and sangria and there’s plenty of picnic rugs to go around. Very salubrious as my Auntie Joanie would say.