Lunch is served from 11.30 to 3 on weekends and most public holidays, and for lighter food outside those hours. No fixed price, no fixed menu and no ‘sittings’—you can stay as long as you like. However, advance bookings have become more or less essential. Increasing demand and our limited space mean that these days we can rarely accommodate walk-ins.
The food is fresh, seasonal, generous. Choose across smaller (entrée) and larger (main) plates, plus dessert/afters. Eggs, herbs, flowers and some vegetables are home-grown. The property has around 500 olive trees—we cure our own olives and offer our own olive oil, depending on supply.
The menu changes from week to week though some items are staples. Here is a sample menu. Do note that this is just a sample. If you come expecting to order off this menu you may be disappointed.
Diners (and others passing through our cellar door) can purchase wine by the glass, or by the bottle at the cellar door price—there is no mark up. Other drinks are available including locally roasted coffee. Being a winery we ask that customers don’t BYO.
The ambience is warm and informal, with panoramic views of the countryside including Surveyors Hill itself. The building is an architect-designed reverse brick veneer with ‘gal’ cladding and lots of double-glazed windows. It has a cosy wood fire in winter, and is cool in summer (assisted on very hot days by air conditioning).
Larger groups The package for groups of more than 10 comprises shared platters (vegetarian, charcuterie, olive) as a starter at $12 a head, mains and dessert à la carte, and $5 a head for wine tasting, refundable on individual purchase.
Children Children are welcome, and a high chair can be provided; however, we have no separate children’s menu and do not cook special food for children.
Cakes We charge ‘cakeage’ of $2 a person, maximum $30, for special-occasion cakes brought into the bistro. If you let us know beforehand we can make a delicious cake for prices ranging up to $40 for a standard size. Call or email to discuss options.
Dogs Dogs are welcome, though not in the dining room (council regulations forbid). They can be tied up outside near the deck, where is it also possible for their owners to eat if they want (weather permitting).