Saturday, June 22, 2013

Travelling Foodies go all Tapas in Narbethong

What to do on an overcast cold day?
Drive to Narbethong about 2.30pm and enjoy Tapas that’s what.

What a joy; the open fire greeted us warmly as we ventured in from the cold outside, as did Dianne’s welcoming manner, soon seated, we poured over the new Tapas and light meal menu.

We finally settled on the marinated Quail with lemon, thyme and garlic, the selection of local Smallgoods Prosciutto, Soppressata & peppered kabana and the roasted vegetable and potato Frittata.

We let Di choose the wine; a white and a red to go with our delightful array of tasting selections.
The wine, explained Di was chosen to compliment the flavours on the table and are what other Tapas guests are choosing.
The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc from Boat o’ Craigo Vineyard was suggested as was the Little River Red blend called Forgotten Hero from the grape variety of Petite Verdot another 2011 vintage.

What are Tapas? – taken from the menu.

“Tapas are Spain’s greatest Invention.  “Eat when you drink, drink when you eat” is the philosophy.  Spanish traditionally drink outside and rarely alone.  Tapas are not meant to be a meal — one tapa per person and a different one with each drink is the idea, then everyone enjoys tasting and sharing.  The idea comes from Andalusia — it started they say, with a piece of bread, soon topped with ham or cheese,  balanced over a glass, to keep out the flies—the word tapa means a cover.”

Further to this the Tf’s know that in some Central American countries, such refreshments are known as bocas and in some countries it is customary for diners to stand and move about while eating tapas.

So we benefited from the Tapas as we were encouraged to converse, as we were not so focused upon eating a full meal, just eating and drinking whilst looking out over the gardens.


The quail was exquisite and the locally grown lemon, thyme and garlic was satisfactorily subtle allowing the delicacy of the marinade to be enjoyed, we enjoyed the Thornton Butcher shops selection of small goods and the colour and the slightly intense flavours of the roasted vegetable and potato frittata.

The home made bread was wonderfully crunchy and allowed the tasty Tapas frittata to be knifed on in wondrous large chunks.  All whilst enjoying the Upper Goulburn locally produced fruity Red and fresh Sav Blanc from the Yarra Valley.

We did ponder whilst admiring the ferns and greenery out through the glass walls if our quail was from the New World quails (short winged, necked and tailed) or whether they were from the Old World Galliforms and carried spurs?

But we decided not to ask Chef Pascal.

Anyway we digress….

The verdict?

Great food, wine and conversation in beautiful surroundings with delightful and professional service.

We will return!

Light meals and tapas at the Black Spur Inn, 
436 Maroondah Hwy, Narbethong, 5963 7121 is available 7 days per week 
served from 2 pm to 5.30pm.

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