The Sirromet Winery sits on top of a hill surrounded by vineyards populated with wallabies and other Australian wildlife.
The building, inspired by the alpine lodges of Europe, is a spectacular structure of stone, wide glass windows and tall timber arches designed to capture the beautiful aspects of the modern working Queensland vineyard.
Chef Andrew Mirosch overseas the restaurant, Lurleen’s, and has created a modern contemporary menu using fresh Queensland produce, minimally cooked with expertise to retain the crisp sharp flavours and textures.
Andrew Mirosch was once a commercial fisherman and specialises in great seafood such as Ti-Tree cold smoked loin of tuna with an intense orange and palm sugar caramel sauce, served with local prawn and crabmeat salsa and a toasted brioche ($23.90) or grilled Hervey Bay scallops with a tomato peperonata ($23.90) – simple but succulent and full of flavour. Other entrées include tasty roast Peking duck pancakes with hoisin and plum sauce, bok choy, coriander roasted shallots and chilli cashews ($22.90) and a chargrilled vegetable lasagna with warm smoked quail ($23.90).
For mains try the sesame crusted Atlantic salmon with a mild harissa dressing ($38.90) or garlic prawns with chilli, chorizo and salsa verde ($39.90). Other mains include spiced chicken with Jambalaya rice ($36.90), a milk-fed goat jungle curry ($37.90), “Milly Hill” lamb loins with baked ricotta ($38.90) as well as several excellent steaks cooked on the char grill.
Leave some room to share one of Andrew’s excellent desserts which include a rich warm Callebaut Madagascar chocolate soufflé with an espresso custard, ice cream and spiced popcorn ($19) or a tasting plate for those who can’t decide ($24.90).
Each dish is matched with a Sirromet wine available by the glass or by the bottle. A small selection of other Australian and French wines is available by the bottle.
Sirromet is a busy and popular location, especially with groups and families. There is a separate children’s menu for the young ones and plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Lurleen’s is also open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 8am. Make a day of it and drive out to Mount Cotton for some spectacular Queensland scenery, good food and wine amongst the vineyards.