Restaurant Guide

Gather at Coriole: Restaurant review

There’s an enchanting backdrop of undulating vineyards and a carefree vibe at Coriole winery’s alfresco dining space.

Address

79 Chaffeys Rd,
McLaren Vale SA

Hours

Lunch daily noon-2.30pm

Prices

E $12-$24
M $28-$40
D $12-16
Dégustation $105
Chef's menu $70

The bond between the region and the kitchen is intrinsic at Coriole. Grape vines and olive trees, visible from the McLaren Vale winery's enclosed courtyard dining patio, are responsible for the estate wines, marinated olives and tapenade that arrive promptly at your table. Chef Tom Tilbury then looks a little further to create a broad array of well-considered regional signatures, best enjoyed over a long, lazy lunch (the chef's selection menu is an ideal choice). An homage to the lower Fleurieu Peninsula coastline combines mulloway and cockles with fronds of oceanic karkalla and sea blite, all wrapped in a film of leek to resemble a tart. Moving inland, kangaroo tail is cooked low and slow, almost sliding off the bone into a bed of macadamia purée, with honey-roasted macadamia nuts and crisp-fried saltbush bringing bite and crunch as a smart counterpoint to the rich meat. Coriole's Italian-variety wines are a fine match with the food, be it whatever cheese (from Woodside Cheese Wrights, also owned by Coriole) the waitstaff suggest, or a prosecco with honey brûlée and melon sorbet.
Phone:
(08) 8323 8305
Bookings:
Bookings essential
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Wheelchair access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Vegetarian-friendly
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef:
Tom Tilbury
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.