We were in the Barossa Valley and it was past lunch time but still a little too early for dinner. Lucky for us late comers, Artisans of Barossa Harvest Kitchen at the Corner Magnolia & Light Pass Roads, Tanunda, serve a smaller version of their tapas menu up until 5.00pm. Perfect for us!
Artisans of Barossa are seven winemakers who have joined together to help promote smaller wineries in the Barossa region. They have brought their love for wine, food, art and the Barossa all in the one complex which includes the Harvest Kitchen. The restaurant is run by Tracy Collins and Pete Little both having been part of the food industry in their own way.
Seated at a window table overlooking the beautiful views of the vineyards, the setting was relaxing and pretty. We ordered the Harvest Sourdough with butter, Organic Spice Fried Chickpeas, Spiced Fried Eggplant Chips with aioli, Fig and Stout Braised Beef Empanadas and the Jamon Serano.
The Harvest Bread was very crunchy on the outside and soft but dense on the inside. The butter was flavoursome and we made sure we had a generous spread on the bread. The only disappointment was that we had hoped for the bread to be served warm but it came out at room temperature - however, that's just our personal preference.
The Organic Spice Fried Chickpeas were small dried chick peas. They had a lovely middle Eastern flavour to them and were very crunchy. They almost felt hollow when you bit into them.
Our favourite dish were the Spiced Fried Eggplant Chips with aioli. They had a lovely crunchy coating and with each bite you tasted a smokey paprika flavoured eggplant so soft and silky. Amazing - Loved them!
The Fig and Stout Braised Beef Empanadas had a prominent beef flavour. The pastry was more on the thin side so we were able to taste the beef filling. They were served with a dip that was slightly spicy, yet had a sweet tang to it.
Another great dish was the Jamon Serano. This fresh and flavoursome jamon was drizzled with olive oil and was perfect on the Harvest sourdough bread.
Our short and sweet visit to the Harvest Kitchen was a good first introduction. It was a pleasant experience and the food was fresh and of good quality produce. It ticks all the boxes for good food, great atmosphere and scenery with professional friendly service. A return visit for a longer lunch is definitely on the list.
Where: The Harvest Kitchen C/- Artisans of Barossa, Cnr Magnolia and Light Pass Roads, Tanunda
Open: Open 7 days 11am to 6pm & Open late Friday evenings