Food adventure @ Rochford Winery Restaurant (Isabella’s)
With its location not too far from the CBD, Yarra Valley provides the perfect escape for Melburnians without the need of spending too long on the road. Gourmands visiting this region have more than their fair pick of wineries and gourmet destinations to choose from, with one such venue being Isabella’s at the Rochford Winery. The lovely Peach-water received an invitation to dine at the restaurant courtesy of Rochford Winery, and I attended as her guest.
The weather was downright miserable, but the slap of rain against the floor to ceiling windows coupled with the crackling fireplace created a comfy vibe that made me feel right at home. That and the food coma that kicked in afterwards…
The bread’s crust packed much crunch and the bread itself was quite soft, with an elastic, doughy texture. Paired with a sensationally creamy butter, I had to exert much self-control to prevent myself from filling up on the bread!
Crab cakes - Blue swimmer crab and potato cake with lemon aioli & watercress.
The crab cakes were comprised of a blend of creamy, soft and herbed potato mash with slivers of crab flesh mixed throughout. The crab flavouring was further compounded by whatever flesh you could fish out from the claw and the contrast provided by the cleansing taste of the herbs.
Blackmore’s wagyu tartare - Peter Blackmore’s full bred Yarra Valley wagyu tartare with quail egg yolk.