This next treat is a journey down south for the first annual Myer girls trip (though none of us have worked at Myer for years now the title remains). Over the Labour Day weekend we planned adventurous activities including wining and dining. How many three course meals can you pack over three days was the challenge that we chose to accept. The drive down we bypassed Bunbury and headed straight to Margaret River. First stop for us starving souls was Providore. We bypassed all the samples and went straight to the back restaurant area. The food did not disappoint. I had my first rack of meat (one of many on this trip). The meat was cooked the way I like medium rare and was accompanied with an organic ratatouille, sweet potato and rocket. Now I cannot talk about ratatouille without mentioning my mum’s recent amazing transformation of this dish. What I love about her cooking is her clever use of spices and this ratatouille packed an amazing flavour punch. Providore’s version was on the weaker side and had more crunch than your standard ratatouille. My French Uncle Joe also makes a lovely ratatouille, quite possibly the only French dish he has mastered in his 20 years living there (don’t tell him I said that). As a store Providore really captured the inner gourmet in me as I tasted all the jams till I was so jammed out I didn’t feel like buying any. I did buy the dukkah and garlic infused olive oil, which proved a hit with the parents. The only complaint about the dukkah was from my mum who found it too course. I was lucky to have a taste of my friend Nush’s pan fried gnocchi, which was so delicious I wish the serve was bigger (so I could have more). They made a mistake with my friend Kirsty by giving her the gnocchi instead of the crispy barramundi but they were more than apologetic. They gave her complimentary bread and a muffin to make up for it. It’s nice when a restaurant makes an effort in their apology rather than a lame roll your eyes apology. At Providore they really meant it. Plus that crispy barramundi was very special and as always perfectly matched with a fennel salad. Combining seafood and fennel together is converting a lot of fennel naysayers out there. This down south trip was off to a delicious start. For dessert we stopped off at Providore’s neighbour, Margaret River Chocolate Factory where we devoured the samples (milk, dark and white) and went even further by enjoying truffles and mochas (with real chocolate not powder). After all this it felt like coma by chocolate. Now that Margaret River Chocolate Factory has opened up in Perth CBD I’m not sure how to feel. The novelty of this tourist attraction in a way has worn off because now it is accessible while before you had to trek out to Swan Valley or Margaret River for it. I may change my mind once I actually visit the Perth store. I can’t stop there another delicious meal was at Must Winebar where we made the rookie mistake of having red wine with our seafood dishes. We didn’t think it was a big deal but the next day when visiting the Woodlands winery (that’s how much we loved the drop) other Must diners (2 American couples) had the same idea and laughed at the fact we had done this. Well sorry I didn’t know what tannins were till I googled it. Margaret River is a small place turns out the American couples were staying at the same resort as us. But I will stop wasting negative energy on this blog and go back to what it’s all about, the food. So I ummed and ahhed at what I should order at Must. It was between the special of the day, Marron or the Must signature, angel hair pasta with blue manna crab. The Must signature won me over (actually crab pasta won me over this weekend). Yes a common theme in my treats is the combination of garlic and chilli with seafood pasta. It truly is a winning combination. I seriously think I could be a millionaire by releasing a perfume, Aroma de resistance EDT and it will have notes of garlic and chilli. I might run it past David and Victoria Beckham for their next perfume line. Back to the food, my friends Nush and Kirst ordered the marron and it was served beautifully in the shell. From the mouthful I had it was delicious. We moved on to dessert where our good friend chocolate made an appearance. I think by that stage we forgot about the afternoon food coma. I really enjoyed Must, the service was brilliant and the discount from the Entertainment card ($70 off) a pleasant surprise. I am looking forward to dining at Must again and again even it is simply for a cheeseboard with the quince paste. The unofficial French in me comes out. Luckily I don’t have to venture out to Margaret River each time and go to the Mt Lawley Must for this fun adventure. I have more treats from this Road Trip but I will save it for another read. I bet you are now craving chocolate after reading this…or is it just me.
THE FOOD JOURNEY