With the weather warming up, road trip season has well and truly started. We started with a road trip along the eastern coastline, finding ourselves stopping at the secluded Silos Restaurant in Berry, NSW. With gorgeous rolling vineyards as the backdrop, this was the perfect setting to rest before continuing our drive further south. The name comes from the two large silos, storing dairy 80 years ago, which has now been transformed into the quaint restaurant you now see.
ATMOSPHERE & SERVICE
The views here are spectacular! It was a scorcher of a day, yet we still managed to sit outside and enjoy the views and fresh air. You are welcomed to this gorgeous farm style restaurant with a grapevine archway and old timber door. Past the doorway, you’ll find yourself in a rustic, old world charm setting.
The space is small, with only a handful of tables inside, with an outdoor space to match. Rustic tables and chairs fill the space, dark brick flooring and exposed ceiling beams create the flawless scene for what’s to come. Outside, the terrace was full (which was no surprise given the breathtaking views) with wine sippers and lunch goers. The space is dog friendly, which is a bonus as so many places refuse those trying to dine with a furry little friend!
The service was sincere and friendly throughout our lunch. The waitress looking after us was knowledgeable with the food and wine, and very helpful with trying to help us find something our little one would enjoy.
The menu is based around seasonal produce from local growers. Serving up ‘farm-style’ dishes, everything from delicious nibbles like olives and charcuterie & cheese boards to enjoy with your wine, to more substantial dishes like beef carpaccio, duck and lamb shoulder fill the menu.
You really can’t go past warm ‘Marinated Olives’, so had to start with these while we waited for the rest of our food to arrive. Infused with orange peel, garlic and spices, this was the perfect little nibble to kick off what was yet to come.
Entrees arrived shortly after and couldn’t wait to dig in. I ordered the ‘Stuffed Zucchini Flowers’ with ricotta, Persian feta and truffle honey. I absolutely love zucchini flowers, and these certainly ticked all the right boxes! Crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside and paired with anything truffle and you have an instant winner.
I really didn’t think it could get any better until I saw the main course. ‘Duck Breast’ served with farrow, beetroot, macadamia and barberry. Duck is one of those funny proteins, where if not cooked perfectly, it becomes chewy and inedible. This was far from that! It was tender and juicy, slightly pink and paired with the beetroot gave it a slight sweet finish.
So we are two for two with the dishes, and then came the ‘Duck Fat Potatoes’…need we say more? Perfection!
Overall I was so impressed with Silos Restaurant. The food was amazing, the views breathtaking and the service warm and hospitable. Although it might be a bit of a hike to get to for some, it’s well worth the drive to enjoy these views, the delicious food and refreshing wine!