When I spotted an invite to Sunday lunch at Longview in my emails, it took me all of about 3 seconds to RSVP ‘hella yeah!’ Because it’s Longview and I’m not a total idiot.
Longview has recently launched their Winter Sunday Tapas menu and I was lucky enough to score myself a taste of what they have on offer as well as guzzle down some of their palette pleasing wines. Yaaaaass.
Before I get into the saliva-inducing food (dribbling on my keyboard right this minute) I’ve gotta give a quick shout out to the venue itself.
I’m sure many would agree with me when I say Longview really has everything you want from a winery including a pumping cellar door, delectable wines and beautifully sculpted gardens surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards as far as your (possibly intoxicated) eye can see. This in itself makes Longview a perfect place to stop on a wine tour or your standard Sunday funday.
The Longview wine selection is off the richter with some big reds, crisp whites and a Brut I could have drunk straight from the bottle (glug, glug). I particularly loved their 2015 Kuhl Gruner Veltliner which was a dry and crisp drop with a hint of pepper.
Okay so the food, puh-lease let’s talk about the food. The Sunday tapas is really quite simple – for 50 buckeroos each, your table will be filled with a selection of bangin’ winter warmers to munch down including starters, mains, dessert and cheese. You will not, I repeat, YOU WILL NOT be left unsatisfied, my generously stretchy jeans can attest to that!
All the food was what a prestigious food critic might describe as ‘bang on’… or maybe that’s just me. One of the dishes we kicked off with was a corn chowder with house-smoked shredded chicken and crème fraiche. A hearty place to start on a cold day. I absolutely adored the flavours even though I expected the chowder to be a bit thicker in consistency.
The polenta crusted beef ragu pie with brocollini tossed in gremolata had to be the crowd fav. The beef ragu was delectably rich and flavourful with the polenta crust adding a carby crunch.
While the gang were frenzying over the pie, I was secretely taking their share of the cauliflower gratin with pork schnitzel and caponata. Pork schnitzel is king and this one was oh-so crunchy and tasty.
Another stand out dish had to be the sweet potato. Sweet potato is totes THE winter veg this year and I’m certainly not mad about it. Especially when it’s house-smoked and topped with haloumi and a harissa salad.
The dessert spread is nothing to be sneezed at with hazelnut meringue drops, chocolate raspberry cheesecake brownies and coconut panna cotta with coconut wafers. I’ve got a real soft spot for meringues and these were dynamite.
We also got the chance to spend the night at Longview’s 4 star accom, which was lucky as I had earnt myself a solid wine headache. Stunning, modern rooms right amongst the vineyard? Oh yes we will be back, plus we checked out their website and the rooms are super reasonably priced!
Thanks so much to the Longview team for having us and Sassafras PR for the top notch invite, we had a blast.
Until next time… That’s what she said.