It is rare that I share restaurant reviews here on Delicious Everyday.
Part of that is down to the lack of restaurants here in Brisbane with truly great vegetarian and vegan offerings.
Ok, a lot of it.
So when I come across somewhere truly special, that not only offers great vegetarian and vegan food but is headed by a chef who genuinely loves catering to vegetarian and vegan customers I just had to share it.
Ocean View Estate is located 45 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. It is a beautiful drive, away from the snarling and congested Brisbane roads, and well worth it when you arrive and are greeted by the sprawling estate.
The estate grows a variety of grapes for its wine label, Ocean View Estate including chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet and viognier. The estate produces 30 tonnes of grapes per year resulting in roughly 30,000 bottles of wine, which are all available exclusively at their cellar door. 19 different wines are available in total, with Sparkling Chardonnay, Reflections and the Wild Fermented Oaked Chardonnay among my favourites.
As beautiful as the wine is, the restaurant for me is the real stand out.
The kitchen is headed by Tony Tierney, who has worked at the likes of Brett’s Wharf and Tank, has developed a modern Australian Japanese-influenced menu to compliment the estate wines. The food is also influenced by what is grown on the estate, which includes grapes, berries, mangoes, finger limes, herbs and even the estates own honey which is amazingly rich and dark to the point of almost being black.
The restaurant offers breakfast lunch and dinner, but to get the full experience their extremely well-priced $72pp 4-course ($90 with matching estate wine) degustation menu is well worth a try. And yes, they even offer vegetarian and vegan degustation menus, given prior notice.
Just before Christmas, my husband and I took a leisurely drive out to Ocean View and were thoroughly spoiled when we tried the 4-course degustation.
First up came the most amazing mushroom dumplings which are fried until crispy and topped with green shallots, herbs and puffed quinoa in a sesame ginger dressing. Accompanying the dumplings is a yuzu mayonnaise. I had these dumplings on my first visit to Ocean View Estate and I think I can safely say I’ll order them every visit. They are that good! If you love mushrooms and bright Japanese flavours, you will love these!
Your carnivorous friends won’t miss out either, with beautiful dishes such as this salmon with compressed watermelon, horseradish and avocado creme fraiche. My husband, who doesn’t like either salmon or avocado absolutely adored this dish.
Next up came a veritable garden on a plate, which looked almost too beautiful to eat, which consisted of roasted beetroot, buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomato, beetroot yoghurt, crispy beetroot chips, pickles and red vein sorrel.
While I tucked into my gorgeous beetroot my husband enjoyed roasted scallops, Mooloolaba spanner crab, with yuzu jelly and nori powder.
As a fervent pumpkin lover, I was particularly excited by my next course consisting of pumpkin 3 ways. There was beautiful roasted organic pumpkin, burnt pumpkin puree, pumpkin tortellini, toasted nuts and grains, goats curd, and local ginger. I was in pumpkin heaven and particularly loved the texture created by the toasted grains.
My husband enjoyed a beautiful miso braised lamb crèpinette, with a lamb crispy rib in a buttermilk dressing with toasted grains and a rosemary jus.
Next came dessert, my favourite course! And boy did it not disappoint, as I was served perhaps one of the prettiest desserts I’ve ever seen.
The aptly named “The Beehive” is a celebration of honey. Featuring the estates own beautiful almost black gold honeycomb, honey ice cream, fennel pollen, chocolate soil and honey puffed corn this dessert was truly divine. Truth be told this dessert was actually served to my husband, however, as soon as I saw this beautiful golden plate I quickly bribed him to swap with me. Thankfully he’s not a honey lover so I didn’t have much of a fight!
While I eagerly devoured my honey delight my husband enjoyed a beautiful celebration of chocolate with a malted milk parfait with sea salt, oat cake and a milk foam.
In addition, to the food, one of the things that stood out most to me about our two visits to Ocean View Estate was the service. The service was exceptional, with truly passionate staff who clearly love what they do and where they work. Right from the waitstaff through to chef Tony, their passion and love for Ocean View Estate is obvious, and along with Tony’s beautiful food, it turns a fantastic meal into an amazing one.
So tell me, have you visited Ocean View Estate? If not, tell me about your favourite restaurant experience.
Delicious Everyday was an invited guest of Ocean View Estate on this occasion, however, this does not have any impact on my thoughts or opinions as I truly believe Ocean View Estate restaurant is well worth visiting.