Lochiel House

18 Mar
March 18, 2013

Some of you may remember the Three Chefs & a Pig Dinners that happened late last year and January this year.  Three chefs, from three different restaurants, Restaurant Atelier, Bishop Sessa and Lochiel House, cooking up a pork degustation, they were simply delicious.  We attended the first two dinners but couldn’t attend the third at Lochiel House.

It was a week night and Lochiel House is just shy of a two hour drive from where we live.  Even though from our place it is a bit of a hike, that wasn’t going to deter me from visiting on a weekend.  A leisurely Sunday lunch was booked and we escaped to the country for a day.

Lochiel House is a gorgeous heritage cottage built in the 1820’s.  Located at Kurrajong Heights in the foothills of the Blue Mountains.  A pretty cottage garden out the front and a massive organic kitchen garden out the back, it would be the envy of any chef.  Cosy inside with fireplaces, but if it is a lovely sunny day, I suggest sitting out back in the courtyard.  Enjoy the garden, and the birds and butterflies it attracts.

Lochiel House Kitchen Gardenkitchen garden

Lochiel House Courtyardcourtyard

Owners Wayne Jenkins and Jessica Quagliata have been running Lochiel house for around 10 months and are passionate about seasonal, locally grown produce and meat from ethically reared animals.  Wayne is an advocate of nose-to-tail dishes and cleverly uses offal to introduce diners that would normally shun these lesser loved cuts of meat.   The menu is a lovely collaboration between Wayne, Jessica and chef Philip Whitmarsh.  Philip, English chef, nose-to-tail advocate, and close friend of the couple, spent quite a few months working with the couple when they first took over Lochiel House, but has since moved back to work in South Australia.

Lochiel House Bread Rollcomplimentary bread & butter

From Thursday to Saturday there is an all day brunch menu with afternoon tea also available until 4.30pm.  The evening menu showcases nose-to-tail dining with a modern European twist.  On a Sunday you can book a chook for a traditional Sunday roast or enjoy the a la carte menu.

As appealing as a Sunday roast sounded, I knew I wanted to try out the a la carte menu.

Lochiel Houe Amuse BoucheOyster amuse bouche

To start we were treated to a lovely amuse bouche of cucumber foam, oyster, dill créme fraiche and finger lime.  A surprise treat from the kitchen with much thanks.

Lochiel House charcuterie boardcharcuterie board, breads & garnish

Lochiel House gin cured salmongin cured salmon, horseradish, potatoes, lemon

Lochiel House souffleLochiel House cheese souffle, truffled vegetables

As this is a leisurely lunch entrees are ordered to start.  The charcuterie board is generous with nduja (soft spicy salami), lonza, sweet shallots, fennel salami, cornichons and olives.  I am delighted to find out that they cure the salmon in-house.  The salmon is accompanied with pretty greens, potato salad and a tangy lemon gel, all resting on a thin crisp slice of brioche.  The cheese souffle is light as anticipated and the parmesan crips and vegetables add a great texture.

Lochiel House beef tartarewagyu beef tartare with grilled sourdough

Lochiel House lambassiette of lamb with leek & peas

Lochiel House skirt steakbeef skirt, duck egg, bernaise, onion rings and chips

Lochiel House chipspotato chips

 Josh decided on a second entree for his main, wagyu beef tartare and a side order of chips.  Thoroughly enjoyed, but an extra slice of grilled sourdough to accompany the generous amount of wagyu would have been great.  Lamb was beautifully cooked and the scotch quail egg had the much wanted golden runny centre.  My skirt steak was tender and served with a killer bernaise, I do love a good bernaise.  The steak was also served with a a square of tripe and some crunchy onion rings.

Lochiel House eaton messeaton mess

Lochiel House chocolatechocolate

Like the rest of our meal the desserts are plated beautifully.  I am not a fan of Eton mess, but Lochiel House’s version is one I would order on a return visit.  A mass of ripe flavoursome strawberries with strawberry gel, meringue, cream and custard.  The simply named ‘chocolate’ is a powerhouse o flavour and texture.  Orange almond cake, orange segments, cherry gel, sheep milk peanut butter ice cream and various forms of chocolate goodness.  I order the ‘milk & honey’ (not pictures due to photo gremlins).  Panna cotta, honey gel, pop rocks, crumbled cinnamon filo pastry and meringue.

We had a truly enjoyable lunch at Lochiel House.  I do highly recommend paying them a visit if you are out that way.  It really isn’t that far from most parts of Sydney, 1 hour 15 mins from the CBD, even closer from the Western Suburbs.  We just live the furthest away you possibly could, well, besides Wollongong.   I also checked out the antique shops in Kurrajong while up there, so make a day, do some shopping, check out the local fare and have an awesome lunch to top it off.  If you are lucky enough to live closer enjoy dinner, and make good use of those gorgeous fireplaces in the coming cooler months.

Do tell dear Belly Rumbles’ reader, will you travel for good food?

Sara xxx

 

Lochiel House
1259 Bells Line Of Road
Kurrajong Heights NSW 2758
+61 (2) 4567 7754

www.lochielhouse.com.au

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18 replies
  1. Ramen Raff says:

    zomgggg that chocolate dessert! I think I may escape to kurrajong heights soon just for this :)

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  2. Jacq says:

    What a gorgeous setting – it looks like the perfect place to have a long, leisurely lunch. The food looks amazing!
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  3. Helen (Grab Your Fork) says:

    Wow everything looks amazing. Stunning pics Sara! I’m a sucker for a good steak tartare and I’d definitely travel for good food :)
    Helen (Grab Your Fork) recently posted..Fish Place, Surry Hills

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    • Sara says:

      I don’t mind traveling for food either, it is just fitting it in. Thanks so much for your lovely comment about my photos, I am trying lol :)

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  4. john | heneedsfood says:

    Wow! Not only is it a perfect location but the procession of dishes is impressive. Hello wagyu tartare!

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  5. GourmetGetaways says:

    OMG!!! This is so amazing. I was in love with the cute little cottage and then you showed all the delicious food!! I would definitely travel for this!
    GourmetGetaways recently posted..2013 Taste of Sydney

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  6. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    I’ve heard of this place and when I get down that way I’m definitely going. It all looks so good.
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  7. Gaby says:

    Wow, every single dish looks amazing! Josh’s idea to have the tartare with chips as main was a good one. I’ll dream with that chocolate dessert tonight. Re: your question, yeah, I would definitely travel for good food.
    Gaby recently posted..Recipe: Paleo crema volteada

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  8. Amanda@ChewTown says:

    I will definitely travel for good food… looks like I’ll need to book Scotty and I in for a weekend visit!
    Amanda@ChewTown recently posted..Fig, Plum and Whipped Mascarpone Stack

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  9. muppy says:

    beautiful photos with all that natural light :)
    you’ve sold me, i would really love to head up for a special lunch
    muppy recently posted..HelloFresh dinners

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  10. Priscilla @ foodpornnation.com says:

    Yes would absolutely travel for good food! Especially when it looks like that!!
    Priscilla @ foodpornnation.com recently posted..Mud Crab with Ginger & Shallot Sauce

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