Sundays are a perfect to take a drive down to any of the wine regions of South Australia for a lazy lunch and some wine tasting. We spent one afternoon at Kaelser Wines having a three course lunch at Kaesler Kitchen in Nurioopta and then had a quick peek at the cellar door.
Kaesler is more than a winery. Along with the cellar door you can experience the Old Vine Vineyard Tour, dine at the Kaelser Kitchen and even stay the night in one of their B & B Cottages.
On this occasion it was only lunch for us and we were pleasantly surprised. It was a three course lunch starting with entrees - Semolina Gnocchi and the Deep Fried Brie. The Semolina Gnocchi consisted of sweet peppers and a balsamic and herb dressing. The gnocchi had a subtle crisp outer but with each bite it had a lovely soft texture on the inside. The flavours were fresh and light while the capsicum sauce combined with the caramelized onion added a sweet touch.
The Fried Brie with onion jam and a dressed leaf salad was crunchy on the outside and delightfully gooey and cheesy inside. The caramelised onion, again, added a sweet flavour that complimented the fried cheese perfectly.
For the first main we shared the Sweet Roast Pork Belly with golden lollypop and sweet cooking juices. The pork was tender and flavoursome with a slighty crunchy outer. The red cabbage had a very authentic German flavour and the potatoes were soft and creamy on the inside. Te carrots had a lovely sweet flavour and you could tell all the produce was fresh.
As the second main we shared the Garlic Scented Chicken with grilled corn and red wine jus. The chicken was well cooked, very tender and juicy with a paprika based spice. Our German Tempting Palates member even noted how it was spiced exactly how they do it in Germany! This dish was also served with potatoes, carrots and red cabbage.
For dessert we had the Chocolate Crème Brulee with raspberry coulis and sugar floss. Once our spoon hit the top and we heard that sweet sound of it cracking, we knew this was going to be one prefect brulee! The chocolate custard was simply brulee heaven. It wasn't overly rich which is refreshing for a dessert. For those who like it a bit more sweet the raspberry coulis offered that required sugar hit. The sugar or fairy floss wasn't really necessary but it did offer a nice visual element.
Kaesler Kitchen is a quaint restaurant housed in what was previously the stables. This gives it a charm and ambience that suits the feel of yesteryear character. The food was homely and flavoursome, the service was friendly and the whole experience was charming. We enjoyed Kaesler Kitchen and recommend a visit on a Sunday out to the Barossa.
Where: Kaesler Kitchen at Kaesler Wines, Barossa Valley Way, Nuriootpa