On a spur of a moment thing, The Two Girls recently tried The Deck at Frogmore Winery. (For those that thought The Deck's tapas menu was over, we've been told it is starting up again this coming Saturday and Sunday.)
To set the scene, the restaurant at Frogmore produces visual stimuli for consumption. It is simply a beautiful restaurant from architecture to plate. Wanting something a little more affordable, we chose its more accessible version.
Frogmore is a tough gig to follow. But chose we did, and in great anticipation, stepped onto The Deck.
When we visited, The Deck’s menu was priced at $12 for snacks and $18 for dishes (sweets are $16). Dishes were described as of the land, from the sea and from the land.
We chose pulled lamb shoulder croquettes with baba ghanoush, leaves, pine nuts and shaved fennel, $18 and a snack of chipotle chicken tacos (2), cabbage, jalapeno, sour cream, $12.
The tacos were loaded with protein and smoke-driedjalapeño aroma and the croquettes were molten balls of deliciousness with textural embellishments.
We were keen to keep calm on the expenditure on this outing otherwise The Two Girls would have chosen one to two extra plates between us for lunch; something vegetal ‘off the land’.
After about, hmmm, ten seconds contemplation, we chose sweets. The inherent inconsistency, a shared plate menu with larger than life portioned desserts.
The Other Girl chose the chocolate and toffee mousse with caramelised nuts and Baileys cream. This Girl selected the rocky road sundae with maraschino cherries and caramel popcorn, except the only cherry was on top. Instead, the sundae was filled with chocolate fudge cake and raspberry jelly lollies along with the delicious popcorn. They are generous dessert portions – particularly at lunch time.
We’d like to say we scaled The Deck’s dessert Everest, but we only reached camp 4, the death zone.
But god damn it was fun trying.
Don’t be like us and try and do this cheap. Go to The Deck and enjoy yourself. Make a reservation and share a range of plates. But leave room for dessert.