Australasia’s leading hotel, Mount Lofty House, has launched its decadent winter menu at its three-hatted Hardy’s Verandah restaurant, with the finest South Australian produce celebrated in every dish.
Head chef Jin Choi worked with his team to source the finest ingredients from their community of local growers, particularly across the Adelaide Hills, to curate the winter menu.
“Winter is my favorite time of year for seasonal produce. We are fortunate to be able to source fresh, premium produce with abundant flavors so close,” Chef Jin Choi said.
“A highlight this winter is the chestnut from Kangabbi Farm in the Adelaide Hills. Inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asia, the chestnut served blanched and wrapped in minced quail, milk skin, tamarind and chilli paste is a real delight.
“Another favorite this winter is the Hahndorf venison which we made with our Hardy’s Verandah spice, caramelized Jerusalem artichoke, pickle, black garlic and cabbage jus. Adding a bit of drama, it is served under a cloud of wood-fired smoke in a glass bell jar.
“Our 170-year-old wine cellar also quietly aged our duck. We serve it with the season’s rich blackberry sauce, witlof salad, parsnip puree and pickled rutabaga.
“Our desserts showcase the best of the season. The crème brûlée is inspired by winter citrus and served with native lime, meringue and salted coconut sorbet. The peanut mousse is a great surprise for all guests, with a smooth caramel glaze, caramelized popcorn and milk ice cream.
“The Hardy Verandah team are really happy with our winter menu, it’s a privilege to be able to work with such great produce from the Adelaide Hills and we love sharing it with all our guests.
Hardy’s Verandah’s winter menu has been thoughtfully paired with matching wines by new Head Sommelier Abhas Saxena.
“The winter menu wine pairings are a celebration of produce that has been crafted with Chef Jin’s Asian influences and is paired exclusively with South Australian wines. They represent the versatility that this great region offers, wines that are true to their terroir and wines that push the boundaries,” said Abhas.
“Wine styles vary with each course, from flavors to textures and they lead each guest through a gastronomic journey filled with stories and surprises.”
Abhas has also curated a premium wine pairing showcasing select international styles, from classic to unconventional pairings, and is also available to tour guests through the restored 170-year-old sandstone cellar directly below the restaurant, if guests want to be amazed, browse our cellar of 1000 bottles and personalize their selection.
And of course, the best way to enjoy Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant is to pair it with a stay at Mount Lofty House or Sequoia Lodge.
Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant is a culinary journey through the Adelaide Hills and located just 15 minutes from the Adelaide CBD. The Adelaide Hills, gateway to South Australia’s best wineries and five of world-class wine regions are all within an hour’s drive of historic Mount Lofty House Estate.
Hardy’s Verandah is located at 1 Mawson Drive, Crafers, SA,