The last time I ventured up to Belair to feast my tastebuds at the Windy Point Restaurant was years ago for a friends birthday. Fast forward a few years later and I’m back with the stranger thanks to an invite sent by the kind folks at Windy Point Restaurant & Cafe! 🙂
Windy Point Restaurant
We visited the Windy Point Restaurant first, a fine dining restaurant with a view to kill with full length 180° windows overlooking Adelaide from St Vincents Gulf to the Adelaide Hills.
View from our table
Once seated, we started off with a bottle of sparkling water and an alcoholic beverage each whilst we scanned over the menu and pondered on what dishes we’d like to treat our taste buds for the evening. Once we deliberated and decided on our meal for the evening, our waiter kindly offered that each of our courses were to be wine matched throughout our dinner.
Organic sourdough loaf (serves 2); $7.90
First up for entrees, we had warm toasty organic sourdough loaf with Pendleton Estate extra virgin olive oil and butter. We broke into the loaf and the steam escaped from inside; the bread was warm with a toasty crust, perfect warmth to slather the soft butter on the bread and let it melt ever so slowly. Yum! I couldn’t help but wished there was a drizzle of balsamic vinegar in the oil to kick up the flavour profile that little bit more.
Next up, this pretty thing!
Huon salmon carpaccio; $18.90
Divine. Just divine. Look at that piece of art! Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Huon salmon carpaccio with squid ink aioli, passionfruit crisps and smoked paprika oil. Visually and texturally, it ticked all the right boxes. The melt in the mouth salmon pieces were covered in a slightly salty squid ink aioli, tangy passionfruit light airy crisps and smoked paprika oil – a party of flavours with every bite.
Murray Valley Gold Beef Fillet Raw Tartare with capers, shallots, egg yolk, fries and béarnaise dressing
If you’ve been a frequent reader or long time follower of my blog, you may have picked up on how much I love steak tartare. This one was just as good as it looked. And the most awesome component of this dish? The fries! Shoe string fries!
After our wonderful starters, we were presented with a trio of palate cleanser sorbets with flavours of mandarin and watermelon. Psst… look at the ice cube holder for the sorbet scoops, very cute!
Palate cleanser sorbet; $5.50
Refreshing, smooth and intense in fruit flavour. Palate cleansed, prepped and ready for our monster mains!
Sous vide Sher wagyu rump (served medium); $38.90 matched with a glass of Mountadam Shiraz 2010 Barossa Valley SA; $11.50
350g Chateaubriand of beef; $47.50 matched with a glass of Paracombe The Reuben Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaide Hills SA 12.90
My main of sous vide wagyu rump was
huge pink, tender and juicy; served with a pea and mint mash, smoky leak and roast garlic. Great flavour combination with a contrast in textures and colour, I would have liked if there was a bit more jus to dunk each piece of meat into so instead, I helped myself to the accompanied sauces from the stranger’s main of Chateaubriand of beef. The roasted Murray Valley Gold export grade grain fed beef fillet was cooked medium well, it sat on creamed spinach and served with three sauces and hand cut potatoes. The stranger enjoyed his main however didn’t care too much for the creamed spinach and also wished there was a jus to accompany his main as he found it all to be a bit too dry.
Local beans; $10.50
Pan seared beetroot; $10.50
Our sides for the even were of sugar snap peas and bean sprouts dressed in a plum sauce and pan seared beetroot with peanuts, vincotto and fetta. The favourite being the beetroot which were complimented by crumbs of salty fetta which brought out the natural sweetness.
We finished the evening off with a light dessert to share.
Sorbet and seasonal fruits: coconut, passionfruit and mango sorbet, fruits and coconut tagliatelle; $16.90
A wonderful dining experience with delicious food set in a warm inviting atmosphere with awesome views and friendly service all around. 🙂
Windy Point Cafe
Our next visit to Windy Point saw us dining in their more casual counterpart: the Windy Point Cafe located next door to the restaurant. The cafe exuded a more casual affair but having said that, the view, service and food doesn’t deviate from what we experienced in their restaurant.
View of Adelaide CBD/reflection of the cafe dining area
We began our evening with an apéritif each. A delightful starter, refreshing and sweet with a hint of alcohol.
And then the bread…
Baked organic sourdough loaf (serves 2); $6.90
Accompanying the bread this time around: local butter with black salt, roasted garlic and basil goats curd. The basil goats curd with roasted garlic was amazing, so full of flavour that made me keep coming back for more.
Huon salmon gravlax; $15.50
Fresh salmon, crispy salad of fennel and apple dressed with remoulade. A welcoming light start for the stranger, lots of colour, great crispy textures and refreshing flavours to tease ones palate.
House made gnocchi; $16.90
I opted for something a bit more ‘heavier’, house made gnocchi with pumpkin, peas, chilli and chervil. Pillowy bubbles of goodness in a light creamy sauce paired with bursts of natural sweetness from the vibrant pumpkin and peas. The chilli didn’t make a statement with this course and I forgot that it was even a part of the dish…
Cafe dining area
Twice cooked berkshire caramel pork belly; $29.50
Our mains of pork and barramundi arrive in a timely manner after our first course. The twice cooked berkshire caramel pork belly had an interesting combination of flavours with its sweetness paired with a tart cabbage and creamy potato salad. We both thought that the dish was a bit cold when it got to our table but it could have been my fault for taking too long to snap up a photo – the downsides of being a food blogger… and dining with one!
Barramundi fillet; $32.50
My barramundi fillet was cooked wonderfully with a broad bean salad, grilled asparagus and lemon mash. The skin could have been more crispy I thought, but the fillet was moist and seasoned well. The lemon mash was exactly that, lemony and super rich and creamy; I probably don’t want to know how much butter went in to get that smooth velvet consistency.
Both mains were accompanied with a side of yummy greens: crispy snappy snow peas and green beans; $9.50.
And to end off on a sweet note!
Tiramisu: traditional layered savoiardi, coffee, mascarpone, chocolate; $11.50
The dessert of tiramisu was our waiters favourite and we can definitely see why. Perfectly light and airy with the right amount of coffee and cream. A winner with the stranger.
Dessert tasting plate: chocolate slice; poached rhubarb and strawberry; orange cheesecake; $14.90
I ordered the dessert trio for myself. The poached rhubarb & strawberry syrup, toasted almonds and vanilla custard was my least favourite from the lot, I didn’t enjoy the texture or flavour from the poached rhubarb and thought it overpowered the other components; the chocolate slice on the other hand was so so good! Chocolate slice with house made ice creams of nut butter and smoked lemon & chocolate, the chocolate slice was intensely rich and decadent and the house made ice creams were such a hoot! The smoked lemon and chocolate ice cream put our taste buds in a funk cause we couldn’t pin point what it was exactly and asked our waiter to clarify the sourness we got from it. More sourness from the lemon than smoke, that’s for sure. It was weird flavour in a cool sort of way. The orange cheesecake with poached citrus, amaretti crumb was refreshingly light and citrusy; a very welcomed contrast to the chocolate slice.
The Windy Point Restaurant & Cafe is only a short 15 minute (say what?) drive away from the Adelaide CBD, both offers stunning panoramic views over our city, with great food utilising fresh seasonal produce, accommodating and attentive service in your choice of a relaxed casual atmosphere or a little more of a formal dining experience in their restaurant.
Windy Point Restaurant & Cafe
Windy Point Lookout Belair Road
Belair SA 5052
P 08 8278 8255
Windy Point Restaurant
Mon-Sat from 6pm
Windy Point Café
Tues-Sat from 6pm