Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tirohana Estate, Martinborough

42 Puruatanga Road

The Tirohana Estate, just outside the centre of Martinborough and was the only one of the many wineries that was open for dinner when we were in town on a Thursday. They even had a shuttle to pick us up from our accommodation and whisk us to the beautiful location followed by a friendly welcome from the staff. The dining room was fairly small, probably seating 30, and was pretty full over the course of the evening.

The menu at dinner is a set 5 course $59 per person prix fixe affair and kicked off with a amuse bouche of parmesan pannacotta, which I didn't mind but wasn't a winner with the better half who preferred the 'Sauvignon Squeeze' aperitif.

To start I had the soup of the day - local mushroom with truffle oil , served with estate bread brushed with local olive oil. It was flavoursome and not too heavy.

The crumbed tiger prawns were a hit.

I chose the main of fish of the day poached in a tomato, kalamata olive and red wine sauce with a feta and onion salad, which was fantastically flavoursome but slightly overpowered the fish.

The fillet of Angus Beef au poivre, brandy cream sauce, green beans, baby carrots was beautifully tender even cooked medium, but the pepper was a little full on.

We went outside to enjoy the views across the vines...

...and the sunset before tackling dessert.

I rarely eat dessert and was keen to try the spiced pumpkin bread and butter pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. It lived up to my expectations and surprisingly wasn't over sweet.


The apple, almond and cranberry filo with almond and manuka ice cream was also a success.

Finally were presented with our petit fours, mini lemon drizzle cakes...

Dining at Tirohana Estate was a great experience and most of the dishes were great. The atmosphere and service were wonderful too, well worth a visit!

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