Celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival with my friends at Vesarelli at McLaren Vale. Only post it now. So long ago! In fact I have lots of posts not release yet. Too many photos, too many things to do, too much happenings too. I’m still trying to make sense and take in all that came to me. I’m overwhelmed. In fact, I feel quite depressed. Trying to be positive but it’s not easy at all.
Anyway, back to the post about the food we had.
We were there early, the place was still empty but later it was packed to the brim!
Left: Calamari Fritti con Sale e Pepe (AUD19 – appetiser; AUD24 – main course), squid fried in local extra virgin olive oil, topped on a bed of mixed lettuce and finished with spring onions, red onions, roasted capsicum and a lemon mustard seed dressing. I like this.
Right: I some how lost this name, it’s rice based starter. Tasted just like our black rice.
Left: Carre Dâ€™Agnello (AUD29), chargrilled rack of lamb, cooked medium rare (or to your liking), served with a spring onion Skordalia, chargrilled capsicum, and finished with a warm feta, zucchini, pinenut and Local olive oil dressing.
Right: Salmone al Pinocchietto (AUD28), pan friend salmon with roasted beetroot, asparagus and fennel salad finished with an orange and caper salsa. I should have order this! This wasn’t on the menu, it’s the special of the day.
Left: Risotto con Funghi e Anatra (AUD22 – starter; AUD27 – main course), Arborio rice tossed through braised duck leg, Swiss and porcini mushrooms. Finished with baby spinach, parmesan cheese and a drizzle of truffle oil.
Right: Pappaderdelle Allo Scoglio (AUD23 – starter; AUD28 – main course), ribbon pasta tossed through black mussels, prawns, squid, cockles, scallop & bug tails, finished with a hint of garlic, ripe tomatoes, parsley and white wine and chili.
Left: Taglierini Al Granchio (AUD22 – starter; AUD27 – main course), Taglierini, fine fettuccine pasta tossed through pan seared SA crab meat and cherry tomatoes, flamed with brandy. Finished with a dash of cream, chili and served with half fresh blue swimmer crab.
Right: I regeretted ordered this. Should order the salmon, more worth it. Saltinbocca Alla Romana (AUD28), veal medallions pan fried and topped with prosciutto, sage and provolone cheese and served with cannellini-beans, wild spinach and potatoes.
Overall, the food was so-so. We had expected a lot from here but ended up with disappointment. We later found out that the original chef was on sick leave. Maybe that’s why.