RUSTICO AT HAY SHED HILL
511 HARMANS MILL ROAD, WILYABRUP
I'd heard a lot of good things about Rustico. They are all true.
After a pleasant drive in, you enter through the cellar door and cross the roomy deck (I was visualising many a-summer-lunch right there), then through to the restaurant. With the weather unable to make up it's mind, we were seated inside.
Bubbles while we pour over the menu? Why not! The Hay Shed Hill Vineyard Series Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV was creamy and light.
After much deliberation, we decided to save the ridiculously good looking 6 course degustation menu for a day when we had a bigger appetite and were with a larger group.
For starters we chose the house baked bread $8 with oil and apple balsamic $3 - delicious.
Next, fried goats cheese with orange blossom honey $17 - Oh. My. Gawd. These balls of gooey goodness were absolute heaven on a plate from start to finish, including the sauce!
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Fried goats cheese with orange blossom honey
Sizzling creamy garlic prawns
Then came the garlic prawns. Nice size, super fresh and the sauce was creamy, not too rich and full of flavour. Make sure you have some bread to mop up every last drop!
Sizzling creamy garlic prawns $25 (there is an option to add chilli).
Moving on... Margaret River Black Angus Petit Mignons $28 - Beef fillet wrapped in bacon, sweet potato, asparagus, green peppercorn jus. Divine. Melt-in-your-mouth circles of fillet sitting on a sweet potato mash. This was a perfect time to try the Hay Shed Hill Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon - one of the smoothest reds I've ever tasted.
To finish we indulged in the Dessert Tasting Plate $18 - described as four of Rustico's best. Agreed. Great coffee too.
Rustico, I'll be back very soon.