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This restaurant promises a lot and almost delivers but, on our visit at least, the experience was let down by some disappointments.
THE PROS: Really interesting and inventive menu that mostly succeeds in being delicious as well. My partner has some dietary restrictions and the...kitchen subtly modified some of the courses to accommodate these without compromising the dish in any way - probably the best response we've ever experienced. Elegant dining room with high quality tableware and Riedel glassware.
THE CONS: The serving sizes were pretty small - I'm not one of these people who usually complains about not enough to eat in a degustation menu, but here I could imagine many people leaving unsatisfied - I sort of did. Also for me, two of the five courses were not that delicious, which was disappointing since the rest were sensational.
THE BIGGEST CON: I know that restaurants are going through staffing issues post pandemic, but the absence of a Sommelier on the night we went really let down the experience. The wait staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the food courses but could offer no help whatsoever with the comprehensive wine list. We were left floundering and trying to make uninformed choices which we mostly succeeded in doing, but one of the glasses we chose was really unsuitable for the meal, meaning we ordered an alternative immediately. The wait staff couldn't have been less interested in our error, but I guess that isn't their job. Too bad there was no one on the floor doing the job of Sommelier. At a restaurant of this calliber, this is a disappointing omission and seriously diminished what would otherwise have been a 5 star experience.More
We dined here during our honeymoon stay at the Louise. We had the degustation and premium wine pairing, both of which were delicious.
The only thing that could be improved here Is a little more training for the staff. The young lady who served us...was trying her absolute best, but yelling what food was on our plate at us so that everyone in the restaurant was turning to us (honestly - it was quite funny as she was sweet but my goodness)!
The sommelier/wine pairer wasn’t overly engaged and didn’t seem to be overly enthused about our presence. May just be a bit shy.More
We were on the waiting list to get in on a Friday evening and were lucky to be called at 3 in the afternoon to confirm a table for two.
On our arrival we were greeted by a charming gentleman and shown to our table...just in time to see the sun setting.
We were informed by our young waitress that they did not produce a menu unless requested as they liked an element of surprise. We thought what the heck and ordered a bottle of Deviation Road bubbles. We were told that the meal set at $125 per hour could have an additional first course, or last course. We choose the first course and had savoury madelines with sourcream and chives and sturgeon caviar. To be honest I don't know which was our favourite... every bite was exquisite. Certainly the food pairings were completely at odds of every day food but the chef must have a very refined palate as nothing we have had compares to what sublime food we tasted. At $125 a head it is more than a fair price the only surprise being that the madelines were $30 per serve. Could not fault one thing. Congratulations to the whole teamMore
We ate 2 nights in a row to celebrate my 60th.
We have eaten at some of the top restaurants around the world and rate this as one of the best.
We had the degustation both nights with paired wines.
Chefs, waiters and sommelier were...outstanding. Professional but friendly.
The vibe of the restaurant and hotel is relaxed but first class.
Bravo and thank you. We look forward to the next time.More
We had the degustation. Half the plates were excellent. Half were such awkward matchings of ingredients, I wondered if the cook had covid. There were some good whiskeys to be had, and my friends liked a couple of the wines. They agreed that they would...prefer to choose their own wines, rather than have someone else match them to the food.More
A weeks holiday exploring the Barossa Valley ended with an amazing meal experience at Appellation. Escorted to a window seat in the stylish dining room we enjoyed dinner overlooking the vineyards and watched the many colours of the night sky as the sun went down.... Service was impeccable and the multiple courses which comprised the degustation were stunning, all filled with flavours that reflected produce found in the Barossa. RecommendedMore
We came to Appellation for a birthday treat and were not disappointed. The service, setting, and views were 10/10. The food was such a delight and we enjoyed every moment. If you’re looking for a place to sit and enjoy a wonderful culinary experience with...family or friends, look no further. Well done and thank you to the team for such a lovely evening, we will definitely be returning.
Tess and all the team were also very helpful in catering for a quite unusual dietary requirement, which was very much appreciated.More
Hi, Ruby from The Louise luxury accommodation and Appellation restaurant here. Thank you for your questions - I understand the need for clarity when visiting a new region. Appellation restaurant is located on Seppeltsfield... More
Hi, Ruby from The Louise luxury accommodation and Appellation restaurant here. Thank you for your questions - I understand the need for clarity when visiting a new region. Appellation restaurant is located on Seppeltsfield Road, about a 6 minute drive from the Weintal. Appellation restaurant offers a four course menu sourcing the very best in Barossa and South Australian produce, with optional wine pairing. Guests can choose from over 13 selections, and you can opt to have as few or as many courses as you like, four is simply our recommendation. As Luggylex has suggested above, Bar Louise offers beautiful views across the valley of vineyards and is a great place to share pre-dinner drinks with your friends from NYC. We do suggest you book your dinner at Appellation please phone 08 8562 2722. Kind regards Ruby