It was only 8 months ago since my last visit to Windy Point Cafe. We were there as part of the Festival of Food offer, but only to redeem the $100 we were entitled to for going to all of the participating restaurants. Since I had fond memories of my previous visit, I had no hesitation in dining here again.
Naturally, we were here for this year’s Festival of Food offer. For $33.50, we were entitled to an entree tasting plate, a main of our choice up to the value of $31.50, and their house made petit fours. Sides were an additional $6.50 while desserts were $8.50.
The cafe is nestled below the Windy Point Restaurant and has a more casual feel. The decor is exactly the same as I last remembered it with the predominant use of timber throughout. The view of the city is simply spectacular and it makes the drive up here worth while.
The entree tasting plate (from front to back) consisted of Poached Veal in a gribiche sauce, Roast Garlic Sweet Potato Marjoram Tart and Smoked Salmon Arancini in a saffron yoghurt.
The Smoked Salmon Arancini had a nice golden brown exterior and the coating was firm and crisp. The risotto filling was mildly warm and small pieces of smoked salmon were clearly visible. The smokey flavours of the fish were balanced by the pungent earthiness of the saffron yoghurt.
The Roast Garlic, Sweet Potato and Marjoram Tart was nice in presentation. The tart shell was perfectly formed and was firm and buttery. The natural sweetness of the potato complemented the sweet citrus flavour of the marjoram. While the menu specifies it contained roasted garlic, I couldn’t tell it was there.
The Poached Veal in a gribiche sauce was the highlight of the entree tasting plate. The meat was lean, tender and succulent with a soft silky texture. This was complemented by the sweet mustardy flavours inside the gribiche sauce.
As a main, I had the Roasted Duck Legs with sweet potato puree, cherry chutney and spiced syrup. I never realised duck could taste so good until I had this dish. The meat was so silky and smooth, I didn’t even realise I was eating duck. The sweet potato puree was soft and buttery, and it matched perfectly with the sweetness of the cherry chutney and the subtle spiciness of the syrup.
The Murray Valley Beef Fillet (220g) came with fondant potato and onion rings. The beef was lean, tender and succulent, however, my friend thought it was slightly over cooked for her liking.
The Roasted Chicken Breast came with zucchini, tomato and an olive tapenade. The chicken was so moist, tender and succulent, the person that cooked this should get a prize.
The Orrorroo Kangaroo Fillet (220g) came with eggplant, persian fetta, chick pea chips and rocket. The kangaroo was lean, tender and cooked to perfection.
For dessert, I had the Tiramisu which was the least appealing out of all the desserts. Of course, you shouldn’t judge a dessert by its appearance because it was delicious. The spongey texture of the layered savoiardi complemented the creamy texture of the marscapone. Coupled with the decadent sweetness of the chocolate and the rich aroma of the coffee and you have a very well executed classic dessert.
The Chocolate Cookie and Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich was served with honeycomb and chocolate sauce. Presentation wise, this dessert was too beautiful to eat, but as I said previously, don’t judge a dessert by it’s appearance. Everyone at the table agreed that the salted caramel ice cream was way too salty. The waitress passed this information onto the chef and we were told this is how it was made. I must admit, I’m not a fan of salted ice cream after having at a specialist dessert bar, but this ice cream was equivalent to drinking sea water.
The White Chocolate Cheesecake came with passion fruit, curd and almond crunch. Can you really go wrong when you combine white chocolate and cheesecake into a dessert?
The Poached Rhubarb and Strawberry came with syrup, toasted almonds and vanilla custard. I have a friend who is quite serious about her fitness training and this was probably the healthiest out of all the desserts. Normally she doesn’t finish her desserts but she almost licked this plate clean.
The Petit Fours was a White Chocolate and Crisp Raspberry Cup with amaretti. This sweet treat would have been satisfying without the desserts. The white chocolate was silky smooth and matched well with the crisp dark chocolate shell. The raspberry provided a subtle sweetness which complemented the caramel base hidden inside the cup. The amaretti biscuit has a similar texture to a macaron and was there for presentation rather than anything else.
As with my previous visit, the staff were friendly and accommodating, and they actually looked like they enjoyed working there. The service was also quite exceptional, particularly for a cafe. Cloth napkins were placed on our laps, drinks were constantly refilled and plates were cleared as we finished each course. When my friend complained about her dessert, the cost of the tea she was drinking was taken off the bill.
The atmosphere was relaxed with stunning breath taking views of the city. The pricing was very reasonable considering the number of dishes, the presentation and the quality of the ingredients. The night wasn’t without fault, but it was an enjoyable and pleasant dining experience none the less.
WHERE: Windy Point Rd, Belair