Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Good Food Good Guide

Where should we eat? It's a question we ask ourselves constantly when venturing to a new region.

The Brisbane Times Queensland Good Food Guide 2012 may be able to help you with your dilemma. Download the latest edition on-line and start your food discover journey.

In the Granite Belt, the guide recommends:

Vineyard Cafe - There is a good case for this being the best food in the Granite Belt...the welcome at the Vineyard Cafe is warm and the service attentive with a relaxed geniality of rural hospitality.

Shiraz - Nestled comfortably within the sprawling rooms of an old Queenslander, Shiraz juggles contemporary culture within the patina of the old building. It's something of a shrine to local wines and produce with a menu that changes constantly to meet the vagaries of the market's bounty.

The Barrel Room - Taking its name from the massive oak barrels that line the wall, scenting the room with glorious aromas of old fortified wines. Think Merlo coffee...homemade pasta, local fruits and vegetables and cured meats through to char-grilled sirloin, confit duck and saltimbocca.

The Singing Lake Cafe - It's wine fare through and through, inviting a lazy couple of hours on the spacious deck sipping Channon wines and gazing across the lake that gave rise to the moniker and the vineyards beyond.

Cellar Door Cafe - Have a tasting or settle in for a light or long lunch...with seasonally changing mains made with local produce.

And their favourite cellar doors include:

Summit Estate - A glass of one of Summit's winemaker Paola Cabezas Rhymer's award winning reds won't go astray.

Golden Grove Estate - The Costanzo family have been here since the 70s producing not just the usual sav blanc and chardonnays, Italian and Spanish varietals as well.

Hidden Creek - Beside a small man-made lake, this pretty little winery with attached cafe serves up a menu from a cheese-platter to a leisurely lunch.