Restaurant Lurleen’s – Sirromet Winery, Mt Cotton, Qld

Here you can visit the cellar door for tastings, take a tour of the winery or partake of simply stunning meal. Two choices for dining at this winery, you can order from the Tuscan Terrace where all meals are under $30, and choose a picnic table with umbrella to savour your food, or fine dining at Restaurant Lurleen’s.

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Today however was a lunch treat at Restaurant Lurleen’s. The restaurant is huge, plenty of room around the tables, excellent staff, attentive service plus an extensive menu. Excellent vistas all around, generally a beautiful place to dine.

A delightful complimentary little appetiser was delivered to the table straight after our orders were placed. Sourdough bread rolls were our first choice, proving to be interesting. There was a pumpkin flavoured roll as well as a white roll. The first was topped with a variety of seeds, including pumpkin, while the other was covered in poppy seeds. All the seeds were delighted to be released from their particular buns, with seeds exploding onto the plate and table. Well worth it though as the buns were very tasty.

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Two Cauliflower & scallop soup entrees were enjoyed. The creamy cauliflower soup base, complimented the scallops beautifully, with a hint of walnuts to add a little crunch. A superb dish.

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Apparently this seafood chowder is now at the top of the list of hubby’s favourite seafood chowders. Topped with pumpkin curls and packed with seafood, this chowder was a sensational mix of flavour. The other entree was Grilled Rock oysters, also deemed definite favourites.

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Snapper anyone? Two of these meals were ordered, savoured and declared fantastic. An interesting mix was the mandarin which I’m told married perfectly with the snapper. I myself enjoyed the herb crusted Milly Hill lamb loin, another dish creating a delightful explosion of flavours in the mouth. The clay pot seafood dish absolutely enchanted hubby with the massive prawns, bugs and so much seafood on each layer.

It was a struggle to the finish, however when you are presented with such beautiful dishes, all big meals, you want to savour every morsel, making it difficult to stop. We didn’t know how we would fit it in, however finishing with a dessert seemed the perfect finish to the lunch.

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The trio of chocolate ice cream filled truffles above, along with the chocolate tasting plate, were shared by all, thank goodness as they were big desserts, and proved to be a excellent finish to a beautiful delayed Mother’s Day lunch.

A big thank you to Bree who waited our table and all the other staff who constantly filled water & wine glasses, cleared plates and provided such an excellent high standard of service. The chefs deserve a mention for the creation of such beautiful combinations.

I look forward to returning for a wine tasting, which unfortunately we just couldn’t fit in this time after such fabulous food.

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