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Down a rather lonely road in the Swan Valley, past spindly vineyards and unkempt lawns is, I think, the best spot for lunch in the Swan Valley. It’s sophisticated, looks steeply over a picturesque vineyard (which will be beautiful in summer) and has fantastic food with live music… it’s Riverbank Estate.

Surprised by the full carpark and already bustling dining area, we were extremely lucky to find a table for Saturday lunch. Booking ahead reaps a great reward – an outdoor table with a glorious view of the vineyard. Inside the atmosphere buzzes with live Jazz music, and the starched table cloths plus attentive service more than makes up for the cellar door sharing the restaurant space.

Anyway, the food is pretty darn good. I guess I didn’t expect it, being in touristy Swan Valley, you just don’t expect really great, generous food. The dish of slow cooked pork belly was soft, almost melt in the mouth. It’s gelatinous layers and plump scallops were two soft textures which were titillating in the mouth. Plus, there was a welcome addition of super crunchy crackling on the side. Every bit of this dish was greedily mopped up.

 

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Fish of the day dishes at Mod Oz restaurants are usually lame efforts of grilled protein on equally unimaginative vegetables. For this reason alone I usually don’t order fish but I couldn’t escape the waitress’ description – it sounded too good to pass up. Riverbank’s fish was a thick fillet of snapper, with smoked salmon tortellini in a creamy sauce. Presented with painterly patches of spinach and capers, it was as lovely to the eyes as to the taste buds. Stacked on mash, the fish was perfectly cooked, its flaky flesh parting into the capery buerre blanc. And there go my plans for a light lunch.

The mains are around the $40 mark which is heading into the fine dining zone, but considering the atmosphere, view AND great food, this restaurant has almost got it all. Plus the dishes were generously sized, not fine dining hoity-toity portions. And, it’s on the Entertainment Card, so if you have one, book a lunch asap and get that card scratched.

 

Riverbank Estate
126 Hamersley Rd, Caversham WA 6055
T: (08) 9377 1805
W:
http://riverbankestate.com.au

Open 7 days 11.30am – 2.30pm
Cellar door 10am – 5pm

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    Simon

    Thats funny that on the weekend you went to your favourite lunch spot in the swan valley because i went to my favourite lunch spot in the swan valley! Review coming in a few days…

    I do like the idea that they have done something different with the fish of the day but my favourite lunch spot is somewhere different.
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    Caro

    I love the food and the layback dining experience here. Great value. I’ve been several times and the food is consistently yummy! My only slight grumble is a very personal one. Please stop dusting the plate edges with spices, icing sugar, chocolate powder, etc. It’s one of my no-go’s. I want a Chux to clean it up!
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    mei

    Simon – Hey Simon! Looking forward to hearing about your favourite lunch spot. (Wouldn’t be Chester’s would it?) Thanks for dropping by.

    Caro – Hello Caro. We were really surprised at the dining experience and I’m already thinking of booking for their next live jazz lunch. :) Hah Chux! That’s too funny! We didn’t see any superfluous decoration, I think they might have a new head chef, so your wish may have just been granted!

    (Apologies for the late replies, was struck out by a flu last week and this week.)


 
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