Anybody that has attempted the Mount Lofty Summit walking trail would already be familiar with Utopia. The restaurant is located right at the end of Waterfall Gully Road in a century old stone chalet. With lush green surrounds, the restaurant is nestled between cliffs and trees, and comes with its own waterfall views. Utopia showcases a modern Australian menu and utilises some of the states finest local produce. The location is very popular for weddings and it just so happens that was the very reason that brought me here today.
For entree, I had the Layered Smoked Salmon and Lemon Creme Fraiche with caper dressing and micro herb salad. The use of smoked salmon, creme fraiche and capers is a classic combination of ingredients that is guaranteed to work. The layering was like a lasagne full of smoked salmon and creme fraiche. Both textures were smooth, and the saltiness of the salmon was balanced by the zest of the creme fraiche. The caper dressing added good depth and brought all the ingredients together.
The main was Slow Roasted Lamb Rump served on French green lentils with garlic beans and mint-infused jus. The lamb was tender and succulent, but a little on the fatty side. The garlic beans were firm and well cooked, while the star of the show was the lentils. The jus was full of flavour, and the juices were well infused into the lentils.
For dessert, I had the Salted Caramel Tart with crumbled chocolate soil and caramel popcorn ice cream. My favourite component of the dish was the ice cream. It was smooth and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. The chocolate soil added a nice crunchy texture. The salted caramel tart was a good balance to the ice cream with its distinct saltiness, however, I did find the caramel to be a bit too runny.
For the number of people at the function, I thought the service was fairly good. Drinks arrived promptly and plates were cleared after every course. The presentation of the dishes were really good, and although there were a few faults, it’s nothing that would stop me from returning.
Utopia is open for breakfast and lunch from Wednesday to Sunday.
WHERE: 170 Waterfall Gully Rd, Waterfall Gully