Cape Lodge Restaurant Four Courses Menu

We visited Cape Lodge again for our anniversary celebration. Obviously this is the best choice when we are not away, we just love to go Margaret River and enjoy the good food and wine there…
Cape Lodge Margaret River Restaurant Behind the Trees

Walked from the hotel side to the restaurant, we just walked to the outdoor deck to enjoy the lake view with a bit sunset color as we arrived early.

Cape Lodge Margaret River Restaurant View

Going into the restaurant…

Cape Lodge Margaret River Restaurant Entrance

We were having the open kitchen window view as before, seems not much changes since we were here a few years back.

Cape Lodge Margaret River Kitchen Window at the entrance

The food menu is having two choices now. The degustation menu is back. The only other choice is a four courses menu. In terms of the pricing and choices, I believe the four courses menu offered more value and you got a better selection of your favourable dishes as well.

The wine menu is much enhanced now. More choices and the wines are grouped into different style, easier to pick for most of the people I believe. Also the last section of the menu, it offers some fine wine selection of some top wineries in the region.

I tried to look for Cape Lodge wines but I missed that ! I checked with the sommelier and he pointed me to the first page. Oh yes, the Sauvignon Blanc and the Shiraz were still there. Anyhow, I had picked a bottle of Harewood Estate 2014 D Block Pinot Noir from Great Southern. We always love Pinot Noir to match both the seafood and meat, easier to match some set menu.

Harewood Estate 2014 D Block Pinot Noir

Overall the service provided by the waiters are much improved. I feel that they are more experienced hence more confident. As we always deal with a lot fresh and young servers in this area.

OK, with both 4 courses ordered, we started with the amuse bouche, a smoked ocean trout. The smokiness is really intense and the ocean trout is really fresh !

Cape Lodge Margaret River Amuse Bouche Smoked Trout

One of the service standard, like the re-dressing of the napkin when the customer is away.

Cape Lodge Margaret River (6)

Starter is served… I am not 100% sure if they are serving the meals to the patron at the same time before or not. However, they were this time.

Starter 1 – Jerusalem Artichoke Soup (grown across the road, vanilla oil)

Cape Lodge Margaret River Serving Starter Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

Impressively, the Smoking Allowed (43c Ocean Trout, dill, cucumber, mustard) was still stored in the jar and served right at your table.

Cape Lodge Margaret River Serving Starter 43c Ocean Trout

Starter 2 – Smoking Allowed (43c Ocean Trout, dill, cucumber, mustard)
Cape Lodge Margaret River Starter Smoking Allowed 43c Ocean Trout

The house baked bread was served after the starter, before the entrée, which is a miss ! They should serve the bread before the starter, also we noticed that they did for other tables. In addition, another miss is the bread was cold although we were told that it was freshly baked.

Cape Lodge Margaret River House Baked Bread

Entree 1 – King Prawn (oyster mushroom, chestnut, cavolo nero, parsnip)

Cape Lodge Margaret River Entree King Prawn

The prawn is big, fresh and delicious. I can taste the real favour from the ocean, just like we cook it at home. However, the seasoning is a bit heavy and makes it quite salty.

Entree 2 – Crab Souffle (twice baked, albany asparagus, hand picked crab meat)

Cape Lodge Margaret River Entree Crab Souffle

Main 1 – Margaret River Wagyu cheek (shiraz braised, smoked potato, charred onion, broccolini)

Cape Lodge Margaret River Wagyu Cheek

One of the best beef cheek ever ! Beautifully braised cheek and it’s just melting in your mouth !

Main 2 – King George Whiting & Exmouth Bugs (fillet, roasted tail, blood orange, fennel, saffron, spinach)

Cape Lodge Margaret River King George Whiting & Exmouth Bugs

Again, the seafood, especially the bug was too salty. I don’t think the chef needs any seasoning for the bugs and prawns. Just the nature favour would be good enough.

Also, if the chef picked a rectangular plate for this dish I think the presentation would be nicer.

Forgot what they told us, kind of the fruit tea, to clear up and prepare our palate for the dessert.

Cape Lodge Margaret River Tea before dessert

Also, some sweet or fortified wine’s choice if we want.

Cape Lodge Margaret River Dessert wines menu

Ordered coffee comes with the menu…

Flat White, a bit disappointed with the latte art. I hope their barista would be doing a better job next time.

Cape Lodge Margaret River Flat White

Cappuccino, similar look as last time. So I should say it’s consistent !Cape Lodge Margaret River Cappuccino

Dessert 1 – Blood Orange & Candied Lemon (sponge, jam, ivoire mousse, candied lemon ice cream)

Cape Lodge Margaret River Dessert Blood Orange & Candied Lemon

Dessert 2 – Bahen Chocolate Emulsion (chocolate soil, salted caramel, vanilla ice cream)

Cape Lodge Margaret River Dessert Bahen Chocolate Emulsion

Chocolate (Petit two ?)

Cape Lodge Margaret River Chocolate after dessert

Also, we were given a small pack for the following day’s morning. I recalled I only have that in some Michelin Star restaurant in France before. Definitely Cape Lodge is trying to enhance their quality level and providing much better customer experience. Not to mention the waiter offered us a wine bag when he saw us taking away the bottle during check out. I believe if they checked that before we leave the table, that would be much perfect !

Another improvement would be the refill of water, our glasses were never re-filled although it’s almost emptied after the entrée. It would be a standard service to refill (not being asked) in a quality restaurant or 5 star hotel. Nevertheless, I asked for the refill after dessert and the waiter didn’t forget and come back after she cleared the plates in the table.

Cape Lodge Margaret River House Baked Financier Pack

The house baked financier is very sweet. Texture is a bit soft.

Cape Lodge Margaret River House Baked Financier

All in all, although there’s some room for improvement, we considered this meal is one of the best that we had.

Cape Lodge Margaret River Restaurant

Cape Lodge Margaret River Hotel Reception

 

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