by Stephanie Williams
Some food is just worth going an extra few miles to experience. Timbre Kitchen, just outside Launceston in the Tamar Valley wine region, has been on my radar for some time now. So when we popped up to Launceston recently with our two young kids in tow, we seized the opportunity.
All I really knew about was their recent food theatrics over the fire pits as part of The Junction Arts Festival in Launnie, which looked pretty damn tasty.
Timbre Kitchen is about ten minutes drive north of the city and sits among the grapevines at Velo Wines. We booked easily online and requested a highchair for our littlest mini, which was ready and waiting when we arrived. The light and bright dining room has beautiful views over the vines, and is dotted with interesting art and lo-fi timber sculptures.
Given the choice of a $40, $50 or $65 banquet (or a la carte), my hubby and I decided on the $50 option. The kitchen happily modified my share for my current dairy-free status with no drama at all. The devilled eggs with Korean chilli and sesame, some crunchy grain crackers with olives and epic grilled cheese with ‘Granny Jean’s mustard pickle’ came first. Straight out of the gates we were excited by the spread, which was complemented by a glass of Velo Wines Riesling ($10). Next up was chicken, almonds and salsa verde, also one of the main options, which was topped with heavenly squares of fire-licked crispy skin, alongside the last of the season’s asparagus. We got to choose our shared main and went with pork, chilli and kale – a generous plate of pork chunks in a soupy hot sauce, alongside crispy potato with miso butter. The dairy-laden dessert, I’m told, was a semifredo with peanuts, honeycomb and caramel, while my option had firm chunks of rhubarb and apple doused in caramel and honeycomb. A perfect ending.
Taking kids to a “proper” restaurant for lunch is sometimes daunting, you’re always just one meltdown away from public hell, but Timbre absorbed their chatter, provided a highchair and drawing, as well as a quality kids menu and a big grassy area for running off the icecream. ■
Dining Out meals are self-funded and delicious.
Book online at www.timbrekitchen.com
Velo Wines, 755 West Tamar Highway, Legana