Ten Minutes by Tractor is slowly becoming a favourite past time for me and my SO. We came for the first time last year for Ken’s birthday, and a full year later, we decided that rather than risking food disappointment, (definition: eating out somewhere fancy with high expectations but being disappointed in the end) we’d go back to our old favourite. So with that, we prepared ourselves for an 8 course, flavour filled lunch served with matching international wines.
What we ate
We started off with a Sherry and smoked trout that was accompanied with cheese biscuits. It was a perfect dainty dish that was full of delicately balanced flavours.
Up next, we were served with a simple and elegant palate cleansing plate of pickled carrots with goats cheese. It was a surprisingly flavoursome dish that worked well in its own right.
Third course was the Tuna tartare with beetroots- probably one of our favourite dishes. Now for those who know me, I usually absolutely refuse to eat fish but this dish became an exception, and is now easily one that makes my list of favourites.
The scallops with avocado puree and chickpea vinaigrette that followed was an amazing dish. From the way that the scallops were cooked, to the complementary flavours of the avocado and vinaigrette combination, this dish was definitely our clear favourite by far.
The barramundi with fennel came next, and to be honest, I wasn’t personally a huge fan of it- again due to my dislike of cooked fish. However, Ken did say that it was tender, very well cooked and the flavours all worked well together.
Served next was the quail and parsley chips served with wild rice at the bottom. The perfectly cooked quail accompanied with a half quail egg and buttery brioche worked really well in terms of flavour and texture. It was honestly a well thought out dish.
The next dish was a bit of a disappointment, given the strong contenders that preceded it. The duck and apricot dish just didn’t work well together as a flavour match.
Our final course before dessert was a steak jus with smoked eggplant puree served in a nice little block. The presentation was interesting as I for one have never seen steak presented like that before! But all in all, the steak was a little tough with little flavour to offer, and the jus itself fell a bit flat. Compared to the other dishes, this one just didn’t deliver.
Finally, we finished with an amazing panna cotta served with strawberries, syrup and a blood plum sorbet on the side. The syrup was interestingly created within a contraption that was placed on our table. It was made by pouring liquid and dry ice in the bulb area, ultimately forming a thickened basil infused syrup. Everything about this dessert was delectable, and easily our favourite among dessert repertoires.
Overall, we had a great experience and each of the matching wines complimented the dishes perfectly. Ten minutes by Tractor has one of the best matching wine degustations we’ve experienced so far, living up to their reputation as a multi award winner for having the best regional wine list, as deemed by both the Age Good Food Guide and Gourmet Traveller.
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Restaurant: Ten Minutes by Tractor
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Address: 1333 Mornington Flinders Road, Main Ridge