Lamonts | Swan Valley
Due to Swan Valley’s close proximity to Perth (about 30 minutes drive from Perth city), every couple of months I like to head out there for a leisurely drive, visit a few wineries, sample a few alcoholic beverages, nibble on chocolate/cheese/honey & invariably end up at Lamonts Swan Valley for a plate or four of their fantastic food.
Lamont’s Swan Valley is part of a very successful family-run enterprise that includes four other locations in Perth & Margaret River. The Swan Valley concept focuses on small plate/shared dining with a compact monthly menu of fresh quality ingredients which complements their cellar door, comfortable rustic table setting & open air environment. It’s unpretentious, casual &, as recently discovered; the kitchen is open for orders right up until 5pm. Perfect for a very late lunch at 3:30pm on a Friday afternoon. Sitting in the warm spring sunshine sipping on a chilled glass of Late Picked.
Traditional pork rillettes, cornichon salsa & sliced baguette
The only time I’ve eaten pork rillettes is at Must Winebar as part of their fabulous charcuterie plate. This was a very generous serve of tender shredded pork, perfect for spreading on thick slices of fresh baguette. The rich oily pork meat was balanced by the finely diced sour pickles.
Chilli salted squid with lime wedges
Simple & tasted as good as it looked. I would have liked another shake of chilli flakes to pump up the spiciness though.
Smoked salmon, fresh asparagus, crumbed goats cheese, rocket pesto
I loved the combination of fresh spring textures on this plate. Softly folded smoked salmon, lightly blanched crunchy asparagus spears with deep fried crispy goats cheese (always a winner!).
Triple cream blue brie, local honey & served with crispbread
I have a weakness for triple cream-anything. More so if combined with soft brie, blue cheese & exquisite honey. I should have asked where this cheese was from – one of the most delicious cheeses I have tasted in a long long time.
Food An excellent example of straightforward, contemporary Australian cuisine executed with attention to detail & a respect for ingredients.
Design Don’t be fooled by the rustic timber picnic tables & placid dogs sleeping on the warm concrete.
Highlight The food.
Lowlight Realising they are open from Friday to Monday only. On a Tuesday, after driving all the way there.
Rating 4 slices of triple cream blue brie out of 5