When the sun is shining, it’s a blue sky Autumn day, you live in the fabulous South West AND it’s a Sunday, where else would you want to be but sitting outside with food, wine and a vineyard view. On this particular Sunday, Watershed was the destination and despite the slight cool breeze, we picked the sunniest spot on the deck and settled in.
After a lovely wine tasting we chose a bottle of their Shades Rosé, the best accompaniment for lunch outside in the sun, fun, fruity and went down a treat. We had some fumbled service while they set us up outside but once we had all our glassware, cutlery, crockery and orders placed, we were good to go. All the staff were very friendly, one or two newbies learning the ropes, but everyone else was very knowledgable and accommodating.
We had decided to go all out and order entrees, mains and desserts and share everything, which I’m so glad we did as everything was divine. Our first entree was pork belly, watermelon, pickled rind, kaffir lime and peanuts. There was also an impressive piece of crackling to top it off which flew off the plate as soon as our waiter opened the door. He quickly apologised and thankfully rushed back to the kitchen to get us another one. Tender pork, super crunchy crackling, juicy watermelon and those beautifully fresh Asian flavours that instantly transport you to being on holiday.
Next dish to tackle was probably my favourite of the day, West Coast scallops, sweet corn curd, miso and confit chicken. Oh my goodness, talk about a winning flavour combination right there, this dish had it all. Crispy, succulent chicken, perfectly cooked scallops, sweet, creamy corn curd, bursts of fresh corn and that miso giving it that lip smacking umami kick. YUM!
On a high after entrees I was excited to see what mains would bring. First main in front of me was the barramundi with scallops, cauliflower, garam marsala, verjuice and grapes. I love barramundi but all too often it’s not cooked correctly, but they nailed this one. Crispy skin and flesh so moist it just melted in the mouth. Another stunning dish where all the elements just worked, just delicious.
The second main we had ordered was the lamb rump, charred lettuce, crispy lamb belly, courgettes and caesar dressing. Although this was an enjoyable, tasty dish (those bits of crispy lamb belly were genius) and the lamb was perfectly tender, I didn’t love the caesar dressing. The favours went well but it just made me think of a caesar salad and I found it overpowered the dish slightly.
Time for desserts, my favourite time of the meal. I started with the salt baked pineapple, matcha crumb, yuzu ice-cream and coconut. Loved the freshness of this dish and the mix of salty, sweet, creamy and zesty. A refreshing, light and heavenly dessert to end a meal.
Last but certainly not least, dark chocolate mousse, hazelnut textures and smoked yoghurt sorbet. Wow what an incredible dessert. Beautiful to look at, interesting flavours and decadently divine. The rich and creamy mousse paired with the smoked yoghurt sorbet was just delightful.
Definitely felt spoilt after this lunch, actually, beginning to feel like that every time we indulge in one of the winery lunches this amazing region has to offer. Such incredible regional produce and when a chef combines that produce with flavours that are a marriage made in heaven and displays them generously and with purpose it just makes you want to go back for more. Watershed have changed their menu since I visited however the above fabulous desserts are still available and I’m sure their new menu is just as exquisite. What are you waiting for?!