The Barrelroom is launching a six-course winter degustation menu at Ballandean Estate’s signature restaurant this weekend. This will be the first time since COVID-19 lockdown in April 2020 that visitors can experience a degustation in the rustic heart of Queensland’s oldest family owned and operated winery.
Owner-chef Matt Wells says,
“Brass Monkey season on the Granite Belt calls for warming, rustic comfort food, surrounded by our 150-year-old port barrels. We are offering up a Mediterranean degustation that showcases our classics with a twist and the best of local produce.
“Our degustation patrons will start with The Barrelroom’s much-loved Wild Mushroom Soup, made with local field mushrooms and Ballandean truffles, finished with black truffle oil and served up with house-baked crusty Italian bread.
“Southern Downs Beef Carpaccio en croute is followed by an entrée of Pan-fried Quail served with gorgonzola corn bread, raisin puree, and balsamic-braised pears in a rocket and parmesan salad.
“For mains, we are dishing up a Duo of Lamb: sous vide lamb belly roulade, filled with a farce of lamb mince, pine nuts, sumac and raisins, plus a seared lamb backstrap with smokey baba ganoush and a panzanella salad, finished with herb and lemon oil.
“To cleanse the palate, we serve a lemon sorbet spider made from Ballandean Estate’s Range Reserve Sparkling and a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
“Rounding out the degustation experience will be a sinful dessert such as white wine poached Stanthorpe pears with vanilla ice cream, topped with grated Reggianno.
“The degustation menu is $95 per person. For $145, diners can enjoy each course matched with some of Ballandean Estate’s finest wines, sourced from 50-year-old Shiraz vines and the iconic Opera Block.
The Barrelroom has built its reputation as a must-stop foodie destination thanks to its fresh interpretation of Italian-Australian fare, a reflection of Ballandean Estate’s rich Italian migrant history.
The restaurant is open for dine-in Thursday to Monday for lunch, and on Friday and Saturday for dinner.
Menu at www.barrelroomrestaurant.com
Call 07 4684 1326 or text 0448 822 203 to book a table.