Here’s one gem of a place in Ulladulla, New South Wales. A boutique winery, vineyard, micro-brewery, growers’ market and restaurant with traditional French and English influences. The restaurant and vineyard sit on a lovely slope overlooking Burill Lake and Pigeon House Mountain. Not too far away from the one-storey dining place is a fenced area where Black Angus cattle graze. Quite a sight, even if you’ve just come for the wine tasting.
There are tables outside where many enjoyed their wine or craft beer with pizza. Or even just coffee and some very interesting desserts. The Cupitts who own this place since 2003 and their passion soon went beyond just running a cattle farm. The small vineyard grows Semillon, Verdelho and Sauvignon grapes. Perfect pairings for the kind of food they serve in the award-winning restaurant run by Chef Russell Chinn who once worked under Michael Roux in 3 Michelin-starred The Waterside Inn in UK. Chef Russell has made this place a go-to destination for foodies and wine aficionados alike.
We were 8 adults and 3 kids the time we dropped in here. It was thoughtful that Cupitt’s has a kid’s meal — pasta, fish and chips, chicken choices. Lucky kids for a few choices. The adults agonized over the menu of entreé, mains and desserts. Those of us who had seared scallops for entreé had every reason to be happy. The truffle-drizzled scallops were so fresh and paired well with the artichokes and compressed apple. Yum. So with the salad and the chicken liver parfait served with Armagnac-marinated prunes.
Since we came very late for lunch, the kitchen ran out of Angus steak. A pity. But I was happy with the crisp duck confit paired with a 2015 Cupitt “The Pointer” Pinot Noir. Perfectly paired. Although a tad young, the Pinot noir complemented the crispy, fatty duck leg braised in red cabbage with berry sauce. Those of us who ordered the chargrilled pork chop served with apple and pear chutney were not disappointed either, though we suspected it’d pale against the first choice of Angus sirloin steak. Next time we should make a point of coming earlier.
Did we leave room for dessert? We meant to share 4 desserts but those 2 boys complained they wanted more ice cream. As for the adults, we wiped our plates very, very clean and resisted ordering more. (Sometimes, sharing ain’t fun) Well, we all suffered. From Cupitt’s we moved to Mollymook Park and all discipline broke down as we enjoyed more frozen goodness. 😁
Cupitt’s is one dining experience we’d recommend. Great views, good service, yummy food, superb wine pairings and awesome ambience. We noted that the al fresco area serves beer or wine as well as good coffee and pizza. All the best reasons to make a detour and stopover here. Or simply go for wine tasting and pick up a few bottles on your way out.