I cannot believe we haven’t been to Serafino for lunch before, but now we have been once we will definitely be back! Serafino is a wonderful place for a celebratory lunch – the day we visited there were a couple of big birthdays and I can see why it’s the restaurant of choice for such occasions. They have married fine-dining, with brilliant wines, and the kind of grounds that every child dreams of. Oh and did I mention they have on-site accommodation as well so you can stay for a meal, a visit to the cellar door and then retreat to your on room 100m away!
You can’t help but notice the gorgeous large, green spaces as you drive in the entrance to Serafino just out of the main McLaren Vale area. The lake with resident ducks, large expanses of grass just perfect for a game of soccer or cricket and enough room to ensure the playing kids aren’t knocking over anyone else’s picnic when kicking the ball. Its the perfect place for kids to run around and play all afternoon, and can be seen from the main restaurant and cellar door.
The food at Serafino was some of the very best we have had in the Adelaide region. The mix of flavours was amazing with matches like beetroot and goat’s cheese tortellini, or pork with apple, persimmon and mustard.
We had a beautiful range of dishes that included the above, along with scallop cerviche, lamb dumplings, Kangarilla beef fillet and Lenswood duck. The presentation of each dish was second-to-none, with each one showing as much care in the plating of the delicate balance as the chef obviously takes in delivering the flavours.
Kids meals included some delicious takes on some firm favourites. We had the fish & chips and chicken nuggets & chips. The kids meals were both well portioned and came with a side salad, all of which got polished off by our two small people. In between entree and mains at Serafino’s lovely restaurant the kids headed outside to kick the soccer ball and go visit the geese and ducks at the lake.
The entrees and main dishes were delightful, and the desserts were just as memorable. A gorgeous rhubarb cheesecake served 2 ways, pear tart with and a rich chocolate mousse with mandarin gelato were all gobbled up before the kids ever got the chance to ask for a taste!
Of course, the kids didn’t exactly miss out – with a devilish chocolate icecream with chocolate ripples atop with sprinkles ending their meals on a strong point.
When you come for a meal at Serafino, I’d recommend arriving a little early so you have the chance to do some wine tasting at the wonderful cellar door. With a light, ambient room, a warm fire and a large selection of quality wines, you can taste test a few before selecting the wines for your lunch or dinner. The wines we chose for our lunch were the Nebbliolo, Reserve Grenache and the Sav Blanc – all were fabulous.
With Serafino wines hosting their winter chill sessions on 12 and 26th July these are the perfect way to enjoy the day with kids in tow. Held in Serafino’s cosy courtyard, with their awesome wines and delish winter foods, you can also look forward to mulled wine, acoustic music and a fire for roasting marshmallows! See you there 🙂