Vasse Felix restaurant – The standard to be measured by

Hoping from winery to winery in Margaret River can give you a sense of a region, but sometimes it’s nice to be ensconced a location for a good few hours soaking in the wines, food and scenery.

Vasse Felix in Margaret river

Vasse Felix in Margaret River (image supplied)

Possibly one of the best meals I enjoyed in Margaret River was a relaxed lunch at Vasse Felix, overlooking the river and vineyards, dotted with sculptures.  The whole team – front of house, back of house, and cellar door staff – delivered an experience which many a winery restaurant could learn from.  In fact I would recommend all winery restaurants send their staff here purely for research purposes.

Vasse Felix lunch

Vasse Felix lunch

The food is modern Australian, meaning that executive Chef Aaron Carr draws inspiration from local produce and a broad range of international techniques.  The dishes complement the wines and the wines highlight aspects in the dishes, neither shouting over the other.

As an example; the 2010 Heytesbury Chardonnay’s complex funky wild ferment characters matched the gnocchi and truffle dish.  To make it possibly the best food and wine match I’ve experienced in a winery restaurant. And surely that’s what a restaurant is supposed to deliver and a standard to be measure by.

(Thanks to the team at Vasse Felix for assisting with this post).

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