Lunch Thu-Mon noon-3pm
Vivid regional identity is framed through the dining room windows at Penny's Hill. The McLaren Vale winery's corrugated-iron shed serving as a cellar door opens into a spacious restaurant with views across vines and sheep paddocks. It sets the mood for a menu capturing farmhouse generosity in both flavours and portions. Vegetable and salad offerings are strong, led by a fine pea purée spiked with pickled broad beans, shaved zucchini and smoked goat's curd. Main courses move into more robust territory: a 1.2-kilo tomahawk steak with chimichurri for two, or confit duck leg in cassis jus with mushroom ketchup. Finish with desserts that add a twist to seasonal fruits, such as peaches in Southern Comfort with raspberry and basil mascarpone, or serious cheeses, from aged Dorset cheddar to Brebirousse d'Argental. Good value is found in the tasting menus, an ideal platform for Penny's Hill wines, which dominate a locally focused list.
tasting menus $65-$95