It’s the first day of our mini break in Margaret River and we have decided to visit the picturesque Voyager Estate for lunch. It’s one of our favourite places to visit and we always make the effort to go when in the area. We took the risk on not making a lunch booking but being mid-week we knew our chance of getting a table would be okay. Luckily it was!
We entered the Cape Dutch architectural style building to be warmly greeted by staff. We had a quick nosy around the gifts on offer then made our way down the long corridor to the restaurant with high ceilings, antique wooden furniture and brass chandeliers gracing the room. We were seated near the warm fire in long-backed chairs, relaxed and cosy but in eager anticipation for the meal to come.
Drinks were ordered first and as I couldn’t decide, I opted to try the White Flight ($14) consisting of three 50ml white wines (2012 Chenin Blanc, 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and 2011 Voc Collection Sauvignon Blanc Collection). And what a great choice it was. It was accompanied by an envelope with the tasting notes, growing season and winemaking process enclosed.
Before our meal was served we were offered Amuse Bouche, with compliments from the chef. It was refreshing and cleansed our plate ready for our meal.
Then my Pork Belly ($34) arrived plated with celeraic remoulade, pancetta and verjuice apple glaze. The pork belly was cooked perfectly with tiny thin slivers of ribboned fat and a thin crispy crackling on top. The remoulade, pancetta and verjuice added a crispness in taste complimenting the pork belly.
My husband’s Duo of Beef ($40) was beautifully presented and we noted how tender the meat was falling apart when cut. The subtleness of the sauce carries the other flavours well making this more than a simple dish.
We also ordered a side of Mashed Potatoes with Truffle Oil, a truly decadent, rich and creamy mash which we fought over who would get the last bit!
Voyager Estate has received many awards for their wine, tourism and hospitality. They are open seven days for wine tastings, morning and afternoon teas and lunch. It is definitely worth the visit.
41 Stevens Road
Margaret River 6285
08 9757 6354