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fermentAsian Restaurant, Tanunda, SA

Ferment Asian Restaurant in Tanunda, South Australia

Tanunda is central to the Barossa Valley in South Australia.  We were recommended to visit (and book early) by two American ladies we met at Trentham Winery on the Murray River near Mildura, NSW. Evenings were fully booked so we settled on Sunday lunch.

The fermentAsian Restaurant is set in a stone built villa on the main street in Tanunda.  A beautiful, cool building when it is hot outside.

Welcome to fermentAsian

The menu is concise but the combination of dishes would appear to work very well together and incorporates local ingredients .  The wine list of Grant Dickson (Co owner and husband of Tuoi Do) is legendary and comes as a near book describing each wine.  Fortunately, Grant who is front of house, has excellent wine knowledge and will help you select the perfect glass of wine to accompany each course (he also works at the local Barossa Valley winery Rockford).

fermentAsian menu

Thit lon cuon la lot – Fresh betel leaves with sticky caramelised pork with incendiary components.  Any meal that has “incendiary components” has to be chosen from the menu.  Nothing we ordered was insanely hot, just a clean chilli-like heat that most people could cope with.

Fresh betel leaves with sticky caramelised pork with incendiary components

Nen Ha Noi – Hanoi spring rolls with salad of fresh herbs and classic Vietnamese dipping sauce.

Hanoi spring rolls with salad of fresh herbs and classic Vietnamese dipping sauce

Gio mia Sai Gon – Saigon sugar cane prawns with lime-chilli-salt. The sugar cane “stick” can be chewed to release the natural sweetness after eating the prawn.

Saigon sugar cane prawns with lime-chilli-salt

Lon voi gung va cam – Schu Am Barossa Berkshire pork belly with ginger and orange sauce.

 Schu Am Barossa Berkshire pork belly with ginger and orange sauce

Ca ri bo – Penang peanut curry of Barossa Black Angus beef ribs.

Penang peanut curry of Barossa Black Angus beef ribs

As we were having our main courses a larger family group arrived who were fairly noisy, not in a terrible way but perhaps more than this restaurant is used to.  Grant offered us a complimentary glass of red wine which we thought was a nice touch.

Desserts were just as good as the first two courses, Chocolate and lemongrass mousse and Black sticky rice with caramelised banana.  To complete the meal we ordered Vietnamese coffee – a double expresso with condensed milk and ice.

Vietnamese coffee - a double expresso with condensed milk and ice

It’s a DIY job!  Add the condensed milk to taste and then the ice.

Vietnamese coffee - a double expresso with condensed milk and ice

The interior decor is simple and pleasant.

fermentAsian South East Asian Restaurant in Tanunda, South Australia

We read on Trip Advisor that people felt rushed occasionally but we did not feel this in the least, quite the opposite.  The restaurant feels family run, we could see into the busy kitchen which added to the experience.  After the lunch serving was complete, Tuoi Do, Chef and Owner, left the kitchen and visited each table to enquire if diners had enjoyed their meals – another nice touch.

Final Thoughts

This was the best Asian food we had ever had.  What can only be imagined as more authentic and cooked so that each delicate flavour is preserved.  The dishes are not stodgy as can be the case in some other Asian restaurants we have experienced.  The wine list and the help in choosing the right wine is first class, as you would hope for in the Barossa Valley. If you want to experience fermentAsian we would recommend that you book a couple of weeks ahead if you have a specific date and time when you will be around Tanunda.

Website fermentAsian Southeast Asian Cuisine, Tanunda

fermentAsian South East Asian Restaurant in Tanunda, South Australia

Moutere Artisans Labour Day Weekend

Moutere Artisans Weekend, Upper Moutere

The Moutere is showcasing the Moutere Artisans this Labour Day Weekend.  The regions foremost food and drink producers, artists and accommodation providers are collectively opening their doors to welcome visitors from near and far.

DRINK
Neudorf Vineyards, Peckham’s Cider,Himmelsfeld Vineyard, Woollaston Estates, Harakeke Farm, Kahurangi Estate, Moutere Inn, Sunset Valley Vineyard

EAT
Neudorf Dairy, Neudorf Olives, Moutere Gold, Moutere Strawberries, Neudorf Mushrooms

ART
Icon Centre of Contemporary Art, Michael MacMillan Gallery, Anna Barnett Pottery, Pegleg Woodwork, Barlett & Gold Gallery

STAY
The Mudcastle, Lancewood Villa, Neudorf Hall, Kahurangi Estate Vineyard Cottage

DO
Blackbird Valley Western Pleasure Horse Trekking

The Moutere Artisan group have a website www.moutereartisans.co.nz and also a facebook page www.facebook.com/MoutereArtisans.

Harakeke Winery Cellar Door

Intense cat!

Himmelsfeld Vineyard

Cheesemakers at Neudorf Rd

Owen Bartlett Gallery, Upper Moutere

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson Wineart 2012 New Release Tasting Event

Nelson Wineart Launch 2012

Held at the Boat House on Wakefield Quay to celebrate the 2012 release wines from our local Nelson and Tasman Vineyards and Wineries.

“David took great photographs at the Nelson Wineart new release tasting that really captured the vibrant atmosphere of the event – many thanks”

Gisela Purcell, General Manager, Nelson Wineart

Brightwater Vineyards

 

Ruby Bay Vineyards

 

Rimu Grove Winery

 

The Wineart Tasting was a sold out event

 

Wine Tasting as a science

 

Blackenbrook Vineyards - Cleave Shearer tops up his glass

 

Nelson Wineart 2012 Launch Event

 

Nelson Wineart 2012 Launch Event

 

The latest Wine fashion

 

The Boathouse, Nelson NZ

Wild Tomato Magazine

Photos from the Wineart 2012 New Release Tasting were published in Wild Tomato magazine.

Wineart 2012 Launch photos in Wild Tomato magazine