On the evening of our first day in Margaret River, we drove over to Gnarabar Bar and Bistro for a cosy dinner for two.
We started off with garlic & parmesan bread and a serve of seared scallops with cauliflower puree, pancetta, truffle oil and baby herbs. As delicious as our entrees were, we felt that the garlic bread lacked a bit of punch from both the garlic and parmesan aspect (though the bread was very fresh and soft in the right places), and the pancetta (panfried) was an unnecessary addition. The scallops themselves were cooked to perfection and the cauliflower puree was simply divine.
For mains, the Duke chose the porterhouse steak whilst I went with pan fried gnocchi. When the steak came out (along with the sides of steamed vegetables and shoestring fries), the Duke was blown away by the large portion size and was left feeling very full at the end of the meal.
My plate of gnocchi was full of goodness, containing fondant leeks, cherry tomatoes, sweet peas, baby spinach, lemon and parmesan. The flavours were well balanced, from the acidity of the lemon to the sweetness of the leeks. When the Duke had a taste, he commended them on the well thought out dish but had to say that the last gnocchi he had eaten (at Cantina 663) was just the slightest bit better. Nonetheless, I was very content with my meal and easily polished it off.
With a wide array of items on the food and drinks menu and attentive staff, I would be delighted to have another chance to dine at the splendid Gnarabar Bar and Bistro.
-The Fine Duchess