A group of female friends decided we would do some fine dining and try Aria out again. We went with the tasting menu, and 2 of them had the matching wines with their food.
King salmon confit with horseradish, brook trout caviar, apple and dill
2012 Peter Zemmer ‘Punggl’ Pinot Bianco, Alto Adige Italy
Wagyu beef cured and smoked with pickled cucumber, dijon mustard and rye bread
2012 Golden Ball ‘Cherish’ Rosé, Beechworth Victoria
Roasted scallops with Coorong pipis, calamari, celery and hazelnut oil
2013 Jauma ‘Blewitt Springs’ Chenin Blanc, McLaren Vale South Australia
John dory with mascarpone, fennel, verjus and semi-dried salted grapes
2009 Cotes d’Auxerre ‘Biaumont’ J-Hugues & Ghislaine Goisot, Burgundy France
Kipfler potato poached in butter milk with brioche, shaved truffle and roasted onions
2009 Barolo ‘Blagheur’ Cascina Ghercina, Piemonte Italy
Moran’s Family lamb loin with salt baked celeriac, sunflower seeds, lemon aspen and saltbush
2005 Zitta ‘Greenock’ Shiraz, Barossa Valley South Australia
Black sesame seed parfait with passionfruit jelly, yuzu and almonds
2013 Top Note Semillon Rosé, Adelaide Hills South Australia
I think the food was very well done, but the service was a little lacking. Usually the waiters come and tell you about your meal, but for at least 3 of them they just put the food down and didn't tell us what was in it. The menu was next to us, but I do like them to tell us as well! The salmon was great, and I always love scallops! The Dory was also very tasty, and the lamb was done well. the presentation of the dessert was nice, and I quite enjoyed that, but I think he lamb was the most memorable dish for me.
The ladies quite enjoyed their wines too!
But be prepared for a hefty bill - harbour views and 2 hats don't come cheap!