Sat & Sun | 11.30pm or 1.30pm
Fri & Sat | 5.30 pm or 7.30 pm
Mains $28 - $38
Reservations (08) 8323 8911
Karawatha Cottage Guest Special (*)
Glass of bubbly on arrival (voucher in your guest info folder)
Right at the edge of town, when driving the short distance from Karawatha Cottages into McLaren Vale, is where you find the Serafino complex, with reception centre, hotel rooms plus their cellar door and restaurant.
The obvious drawcard could just be the James Halliday 5 star rated winery, but the quality of the food in the Serafino Restaurant, recently awarded with a hat by the AGFG (Australian Good Food Guide), is without doubt deserving a visit in its own right.
Now previously we had called out here that the atmosphere unfortunately lacks, the restaurant feels just like another hotel restaurant but that the quality of the food more than compensates. Good news is, that the team at Serafino is currently renovating the restaurant and food is currently served in a "pop-up" inside the cellar door - hence the reduced hours.
But, key always has been the food and trust me, once the food arrives and your attention focuses on the great food and wines on hand, you will not notice where you are seated anyhow. The quality and preparation of each of the items we have tried has been simply outstanding, only matched by the presentation, with each and every item looking impeccable.
Whether it was the little appetizer to start with from the kitchen, the duck breast green curry or the braised kangaroo tail and beetroot gnocchi – either one of those was amongst the best dishes we have ever had. And to finish off, go for the signature ‘smoked chocolate mousse’ … sounds odd? Well it actually is still smoking when brought out to the table and certainly creates a bit of excitement.
To finish, the service throughout our last visit was super attentive, friendly and competent. Being there for dinner, the cellar door was obviously closed but, and that certainly should be one of the perks dining at a restaurant within a winery, the staff allowed us to sample a few wines before deciding on a bottle for the evening.
In short, at Serafino McLaren Vale offers food and wines that are absolutely stunning and we can't wait to see the new restaurant venue.
And as a guest of Karawatha Cottages, you will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival at Serafino.
(*) complimentary glass of bubbly with every dinner booking at Serafino Restaurant. Collect your voucher form the guest info folder in your cottage and present to your wait staff at Serafino.