Australia is a place blessed with fantastic food and great wine. Despite its distance from other countries around the world, tourist continue to rave about their experiences here. For those who decide to take the trip down under, there are several gastronomic spots worth visiting, and one of them is Margaret River.
Situated at the heart of the Great South West of Australia, Margaret River is around 270 kilometres (just a few hours’ drive) from the capital city of Perth, Western Australia. It is home to more than a hundred wineries and food spots, on top of the great coastline beaches and unspoilt forests that surround the area. For those who are planning a gastronomic travel experience, here are some places to eat in Margaret River.
Indulge in artisanal chocolate: Bahen and Co
The eternal pairing of chocolate and wine is inseparable. That is why in a wine region like Margaret River, it is not impossible to find a chocolatier. Bahen and Co is one such place and it is owned by Josh Bahen, a former winemaker who travels the world to harvest the best cacao he can find. What makes this a must-try is that he uses a restored vintage chocolate machine to make his chocolate. Truly, it is a unique experience.
Lunch at a winery: Leeuwin Estate
One of the most popular tourist activities in Margaret River is to have lunch at a wine estate. There are a lot of places that offer visitors long lunches paired with great wine. But food enthusiasts have been raving about Leeuwin Estate, one of the prominent wine names in the region. Dining areas are set alfresco within a wonderful open field. Food served comes from local produce and dishes are said to be creative and inventive. Their wine varieties shouldn’t be missed as well, especially the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Finest dining experience: Vasse Felix It is said to be the best restaurant in Western Australia. Vasse Felix is actually an eight-acre winery with a restaurant frequented by all kinds of people. The rustic, informal and open setting of the place is inviting for both rugged surfers and formal sommeliers. But what makes this place amazing are the creations of Chef Aaron Carr, who mixes and matches contemporary and traditional cooking and flavours.
There are other noteworthy places to dine in Margaret River aside from the ones mentioned above. The types of restaurants also vary in cuisine, offering tourists a wide variety of choices. Excellent service, great ambience and amazing food is what makes this wine region a stand out among the rest.