Appellation Restaurant Review
We checked out one of the Barossa Valley’s hottest dining destinations recently, ‘Appellation’ restaurant at the Louise.
On entering the restaurant, we were greeted warmly and escorted to our table. Each table in the restaurant has a view of the rolling vineyards that can be seen through the large windows, and they’re all spaced a good distance from one another to allow for privacy. After being seated, we were offered a set menu of between 4-6 courses, with optional matching paired wines for the very reasonable cost of $45 (for 4 courses).
After we selected a 5-course menu, we were offered 3 light ‘snacks’ which consisted of oysters, lightly toasted brioche with salmon roe, and a delicious mushroom ‘tea’ (which may have been the highlight of the entire meal – a rich, earthy broth bursting with umami flavours). These weren’t listed as part of the set menu, so were a lovely additional touch.
Each course was presented beautifully, and well explained by the wait staff. There was also adequate time in between each course to enjoy the wine pairings, and the head sommelier made sure to get to every table in the restaurant to discuss each pairing with all the guests.
Overall, not only was the food divine (in my opinion one of the top 3 restaurants in South Australia) but the staff are excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly, attentive, and with a touch of humour to keep the mood light and unpretentious like many other restaurants on the fine dining scene. Do yourself a favour while you’re visiting the Barossa Valley and make sure you visit Appellation. Bookings in advance are strongly recommended.