It was #2 on Time Out’s list of Top 5 Places to Eat In Hunter Valley– so it was obviously on our to-do list for our HV weekend. It lived up to all of our expectations with an even better view than was imagined.We drove over to Bistro Molines for lunch on Saturday. It’s located on the grounds of the Tallavera Grove (brought to you by the owner of Pepper Tree and Briar Ridge wines). It was a lovely and sunny day – the perfect weather to enjoy this amazing view.
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Though the service was a bit slow, I won’t complain too much as the view was to die for and the food was AMAZING. We started off with a bottle of Tyrell’s Semillon (one of the white wine varieties the Hunter Valley is known for). Our server also brought over some ridiculously tasty fried Gruyer cheese puffs courtesy of the kitchen. My mouth is watering just thinking of them. We shared two additional entrees – Baked Figs wrapped in Prosciutto with Gorgonzola ($25) and Roasted Quail served over Polenta ($27).
For our mains – we had a 2009 Pepper Tree Merlot to go with all of the meat dishes we ordered. I had the Veal ($40) served with Jerusalem Artichokes and Champignon Sauce. McKay and Sarah both had the Fillet Mignon ($40) served with Brussel Sprouts, Potatoes, Speck , Carmalized Onions and a delish Red Wine Bearnaise. Ryan had the Duckling ($41) – perfectly roasted with an awesome glaze sauce.
Obviously – we had to get dessert as well. We shared the Vanilla Beam Creme Brulee ($15) – highly recommend! As well as the Easter special – Easter Bunny Mille Feuille (puff pastry) with Chocolate cream in the center ($15).
All in all – a pretty amazing dining experience. The service was not phenomenal and my one complaint would be the blaring sun sort of toasting us and our meals (we got there early so we swiped the one umbrella they had, but the family next to us was roasting). Roasting or not – it was so worth it for the amazing food and view. Bistro Molines is a must visit for your trip to Hunter Valley.