Winter is here. (Oh yesssss, GOT reference! 😉 )
And with the brisk cold weather, comes a new winter menu at one of Adelaide’s classic favourite restaurants–Georges on Waymouth. We were kindly invited to be one of the first to sample some of their dishes from their new winter menu.
You’ve probably walked past Georges countless times, the restaurant itself doesn’t scream bold or vibrant, but more subdued, minimal and stylish with crisp linen table cloths, high ceilings, wooden floorboards and a constant crowd of diners, even on a week night!
Our evening saw us being treated to a 7 course degustation with matching Karrawatta wines which also included a few small bites to whet our appetite before we really got into it. Take note that the following pictures are the serving sizes that you will receive if ordering from their a la carte menu, as for our degustation we had smaller serving sizes to ensure we could fit all 7 courses in!
Fresh Coffin Bay oysters with vinaigrette
First up, the scallops.
Raw scallops, fried baby squid, cucumber, salmon roe, avocado, apple; $23.50
Paired wine: 2015 Karrawatta Anna’s Sauvignon Blanc – Adelaide Hills
A vibrant and colourful starter. The scallops were fresh, sweet and delicate, however I personally found it a bit odd to have them with the only cooked element on the plate–the fried baby squid. The juxtaposition of both elements got me a wee bit confused so I left the fried baby squid behind and finished them off on their own instead. Heh!
Salad of beetroot, granola, kiwifruit, shaved frozen chicken liver parfait; $21.50
Paired wine: 2015 Karrawatta Sophie’s Hill Pinot Grigio – Adelaide Hills
This one we loved! Underneath the shavings of frozen chicken liver parfait; which mind you, was brilliantly creamy, cooling yet melt in the mouth all at the same time; were sweet golden yellow beetroot pieces amongst sweet kiwifruit pieces and an added textural crunch from some toasted granola which only added extra depth and sweetness which balanced the dish perfectly. YUMMO!
Potato vichyssoise, buttered leeks, truffle cream; $19.00
This bowl was a bowl of winter warming magic. Creamy, smooth, buttery, flavourful, decadent, comforting… and really, truffle cream. Nuf’ said. 😍
Roasted cauliflower, shallot fondant, harissa spice, parmesan gnocchi; $32.50
Paired wine: 2014 Karrawatta Dairy Block Shiraz – Adelaide Hills
Tick, tick, tick. Loved the caramelisation on the roasted cauliflower and shallots, oh so sweet and so good. Great balance in terms of flavour and texture, but a word of warning, the parmesan gnocchi were much firmer, bouncier and ‘chewier’ than expected, my least favourite component to the dish as a whole.
Tortellini of osso buco, green olive gremolata, grana padano, crispy kale; $33.00
Paired wine: 2013 Karrawatta Joseph Shiraz – Langhorne Creek
A hearty, winter warmer. Morsels of al dente pasta encased with a meaty and comforting osso buco filling (OH MY!), all of which was sprinkled with a green olive gremolata and grana padano which gave the tortellini a slight kick and a touch of sharpness; topped off with a crispy kale.
Maple glazed beef brisket, horseradish puree, dill pickles, croutons, radish; $36.90
Paired wine: 2014 Karrawatta Christo’s Paddock Cabernet Sauvignon – Langhorne Creek
The ultimate winter warming comfort food for meat lovers–a beautifully caramelised maple glazed beef brisket that was beyond tender and flavoursome with a hint of sweetness from the maple syrup. I couldn’t detect the horseradish ‘punch’ in the puree but the puree itself was still delicious and smooth, and them bits of sour crunchy dill pickles, croutons and fresh slices of radish balanced the richness of the brisket nicely.
White chocolate mousse, coconut, pain d’epice, salted caramel; $15.50
We ended off on a sweet note with this beauty. Long time readers will know that I am not the biggest fan on coconut cream based desserts and I thought this one wasn’t going to change that, especially when I had a taste of the coconut cream on its own, a subtly sweet loose cream with a hint of salt. No likey. But when I combined all the elements together in each spoonful, it really was a smashing dessert. The white chocolate mousse wasn’t overly sweet, it was smooth and almost panna cotta-like, the pain d’epice added a layer of sweetness and crunch whilst the salted caramel dots added the third layer of added sweetness… and by now you’d think it’d be sweetness over drive. That was when the coconut ice cream came into play, the cooling effect tempered down the sweetness significantly as well as adding a ‘refreshing’ touch on the palate. YUM!
What an epic feast, thank you to Georges on Waymouth and the whole team, your hospitality and the service was very attentive, friendly and professional. And thanks to Rebecca and Abbie from Lifestyle Elements for hosting the event for the evening.
You can order the dishes from the evening from Georges’ a la carte menu, or let the chefs feed your senses with a five course tasting menu of what they like to eat which is priced at $89.00 per person and an extra $60 per person for matching wines.
In addition to the evening, we also got to spy on some of the other dishes on their new menu too, see below 😉 :
Winter goat stew, parsnip cream, baby onions, feuille de brick; $34.00
Milk poached pork belly, apple puree, pickled grapes, radicchio, morcilla; $35.50
Tonka bean macaron, pear cream, pear sorbet, lemon meringue; $15.90
Stay warm readers!
[dbites was invited as guests to Georges on Waymouth]
Georges on Waymouth
20 Waymouth Street
Adelaide SA 5000
P 08 8211 6960