A Sunday afternoon at Coriole Vineyards

With the cooler season well under way, we thought we’d make the most of the remaining Adelaide autumn sunshine by spending an afternoon at Coriole Vineyards thanks to Book Book Online.

Coriole has recently been added to Book Book’s list of restaurants through including the online booking widget onto their company website. Coriole caters for tables from a minimum of one person to a maximum of nine people from 12 noon until 2:30pm. The easy step-by-step online booking process is incredibly easy to follow and bookings can be made far in advance or as late as the night before. Having not been to a winery in a few months, we were eager and excited to see what Coriole had to offer.

The vineyard is located south of Adelaide and sits on arching hillsides that are beautifully picturesque in any season. Having first opened in 1860, the Coriole vineyard and restaurant has been well preserved considering its initiation date. Walking in, we particularly loved the homey, garden welcome the location instantly gave us – perhaps from the numerous coloured pot-plants, vintage and wooden decor or the fluffy cat enjoying the sunshine.

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 Other features of Coriole including the landscape, wooden decor and fireplace all seem to combine well with the menu as it offers a selection of dishes both from the garden and sea. The menu itself is also designed to share dishes among friends or family, and so it is suggested that customers order 3-4 dishes between two people in order to leave fully satisfied.

To begin, we ordered two dishes from the Snacks to Share menu, first of which was the Shaved Fleurieu line caught squid with tapioca, macadamias, radish rabes and an umami dressing. The dish was incredibly delicate, fresh and had a great combination of textures from crunchy outer layer, to the smooth squid and hard macadamias.

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Following this was the Confit chicken roulade with kohlrabi, Estate grown white Adriatic figs and caper leaves. It was certainly interesting pairing chicken with apple shavings and puree, but it surprisingly worked well! The sweet apple complemented the savory chicken, though the chicken itself had a rather peculiar taste that may sway the opinion of some.

 

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Moving onto the larger shared dishes, we ordered the ‘Surf & Turf’ dish, which consisted of pork, prawns and celeriac with iceplant, wild rice and burnt onions. The meat was perfectly tender and the slightly burnt onions were a good balance between crisp and crunch. The dish as a whole also reminded me of family barbecues spent outside in the backyard, both because of the grilled flavour of the dish and the beautiful green scenery surrounding.
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The final dish of the afternoon was snapper wing ravioli with Fleurieu line caught squid, pumpkin cream, capers and beach succulents – it was certainly the dish we were waiting for in anticipation. Visually, the dish was incredibly pleasing and made our mouths water instantly. The pumpkin looked bright and contrasted the black ink ravioli though was balanced well with the greens and fresh squid. Similarly to the previous dishes, the flavours were fresh, tasty and nutritious. It seems that Coriole know how to balance their textures excellently and combine elements from the sea and garden simultaneously.
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We also ordered a side of green beans with toasted almonds and capers. The salted capers and almonds jazzed up the beans exceptionally well and worked great as a small healthy side plate.
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We kindly thank Coriole for having us last Sunday for a glorious afternoon. A few hours spent in the sunshine of the vineyards was certainly ideal.
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