Tuesday, 17 April 2007
Last weekend I ventured into a part of town in which I don't usually dine but I think that's about to change. Wildflower in Canterbury is a bit of a gem and excellent value in an area where proscuitto costs $28 per 100grams. $280 per kilogram is too much even for this meat lover.
At Wildflower mains generally go for $30 but at lunch it's possible to get two courses for $27.50 or three courses for $32.50 so there is plenty of value to be had here.
We were there for a birthday but I'm told the function menu reflects what's on offer to the regular diners so the below should give you an idea as to their offerings.
The favourite from the entrees was the soft shell crab, avocado and herb salad. Crispy, salty chunks of crab atop a zesty herb salad drizzled with a creamy avocado puree.
For mains I chose the lamb rump with green lentils, red wine sauce and poached quince which came with an unexpected but not unwelcome serve of mashed potato. Perfect for absorbing the winey juices.
The slow cooked pork with mash and caramelized pear featured at the top of this post was also on offer along with several other options. The trend in mains seemed to be conventional food executed well. Probably well suited to the demographic.
The winning streak continued with the desserts including the chocolate honeycomb parfait...
The chocolate tart with coconut ice cream was rich with dark chocolate and light on the coconut- just what I like.
The clear winner though was the kaffir lime pannacotta and pineapple granita. The kaffir lime flavour penetrated through the pannacotta incredibly well yet there wasn't even a sliver of kaffir lime leaves to be found. The granita was a lovely fresh pairing and the perfect end to a rich meal. Unfortunately I didn't order it but was kindly offered a taste. A real case of order envy.
Although I didn't take a photo they also prepared the most luscious citron and yoghurt cake I have tasted. I almost wished it was back in the day when you went home with extra pieces of cake wrapped up at the end of birthday parties.
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