Pasta. Honey. Wine. A winning combination, all made with love at Barnyard 1978. Barnyard is situated in Yallingup, on the corner of Caves Rd and Canal Rocks Rd and stepping into this beautifully designed, glass walled building, over looking vineyard and beehives, you know you’re in for a good meal. For a winery restaurant located in a prime wine growing region surrounded by plenty of options, Barnyard is a breath of fresh air. While I love a good fancy winery lunch as much as the next person, this place is relaxed and casual (yet classy), friendly and inviting and has a lovely charm about it.
Here the focus is on ‘paddock to plate’, using top quality and local ingredients and it’s clear the owners, Raminta and Egis, love what they do. The kitchen is completely open so you can see the pasta making in action and you can even take some home with you. There are wine tastings, honey tastings and lots of yummy preserves and sauces available to purchase. I was hanging out for some amazing pasta, the only issue was going to be deciding what to order.
Dining with my dear friend we decided to skip entree’s and focus on mains and dessert, although in hindsight, I kinda wished I had tried more dishes and gone all out. I will be back. After much discussion, decisions were made, wine was ordered and our mouths were watering.
Our food arrived and it looked as good as we’d hoped. I had ordered the confit duck casarecci with feta, carrot ribbons, cherry tomatoes and spinach. Oh my god, this came with a deliciously dirty, big piece of crispy duck skin, which I mostly saved, on purpose, for the last perfect mouthful (s). YUM. The duck was super tender and tasty, all the flavours were very complementary, although honestly I would have just been happy with the duck and of course, that pasta, heaven. Although this was a bowl of food I did not want to end I was also glad it wasn’t a massive portion. All too often we eat way too much and their mission on their Facebook page does say, ‘we’ll feed you but we’re not going to fatten you and that’s for sure’. Perfect.
My friend ordered the prawn, pork, chorizo ravioli with sage, walnut, lemon and rocket. With perfect pasta this is a flavour combination that could never not work and it looked utterly scrumptious. We were both so engrossed in our own meals that we didn’t taste each others, we both finished with empty plates and satisfied tummy’s.
Having already decided dessert was happening we chose two dishes to share, the honey cheesecake (with their own honey of course) and the hazelnut dacquoise. The cheesecake came out deconstructed in a pot with glistening pieces of honey comb on top. I was kind of undecided on this dish, some great elements but it didn’t really have that cheesecake taste (lacked on the cheese) and for me it was a touch too sweet. I can however see why it’s one of their most popular dishes, just not my kind of dessert.
The hazelnut dacquoise was another pretty looking dish, I’m a sucker for beautiful crockery. This was dense and rich, full of hazelnuts and chocolate in lovely layers with meringue. The cream and strawberries were the perfect accompaniment to cut through the richness and made for a yummy dessert. I couldn’t have eaten all of it but it was my pick out of the two. My sweet tooth was definitely MIA on this day.
Such a lovely experience at Barnyard 1978, everyone was super friendly, beautiful setting, great playground for the kids and the pasta is the absolute star. We left feeling pretty darn happy, we ate delicious food, tasted fabulous wine and honey, took home some lovely produce and were already thinking about the next visit. They also do weekend breakfast as well as divine lunches, so definitely one to add to your list if you haven’t been yet, it will certainly become a regular for me!