A sunny Saturday morning spent wine tasting in the Yarra Valley; what a civilised way of life! With mum and sis in tow we indulged in some tasting and finished it with lunch at Rochford Winery. We arrived just before 1pm which was great timing given that two huge parties of people sat over several tables arrived shortly afterwards.
I-Lin ordered the chicken liver paté with toasted brioche and berry jam which looked a bit grey in colour but was pretty delicious. Steve went for the Manchego cheese and chorizo croquetas which were crispy and light with melted cheese. Lovely! I had the ham hock terrine with picallili; really deconstructed picallili but either way it tasted good. The terrine was very meaty with chunks of densely packed tasty ham. Definitely a good start and we eagerly awaited the main courses.
Main courses were a meat feast. I-Lin had a veal rib, Steve braised short rib, Mum had duck and I went for a Wagyu rump steak. We shared sides of fries,mash and a rocket and Parmesan salad. All dishes tasted good. Steve's short ribs looked a bit burnt but he said it tasted good. Mum's roast duck dish consisted of two chunky breasts and they were very juicy; probably the best dish. Fries were chunky and crispy and the accompanying aioli was tasty. The rocket salad also deserves a mention as it tasted great.
We share a desert of a chocolate cake with pouring cream but it disappeared quicker than I could take a pic! Lunch at Rochford was delcisiou and the portions were generous.