Monkey Nut Cafe - No monkey business here

Monkey Nut Cafe - Barossa Valley Way, Lyndoch SA 

OTCB were kindly invited to Monkey Nut Cafe at Kies Winery for a shared platter and wine. All food and beverages were provided on behalf of Monkey Nut Cafe.

Arriving at Monkey Nut Cafe on a Saturday at lunch time on a 40 degree day, I (Amanda) was hoping for a cool place to take shelter from the hot sun and thankfully that is what we got! Inside the well air-conditioned cafe we were escorted to our table for two beside a window looking out to the front garden. Looking across the bustling full cafe with large noisy tables celebrating Christmas and birthday parties I can see the rolling vineyards.

Merlot $8 & Riesling $7
Shortly after we are seated we are offered a bottle of wine but as we are driving we decide to select a glass of wine each. We select the 2014 Hill Block Riesling and the 2012 Monkey Nut Tree Merlot to compliment the shared platter. My Riesling arrives in a very small narrow glass which makes it hard for me to swirl around, while thankfully the red wine is presented in a classic large red wine glass. The 'Monkey Nut Platter for two' $35 arrives which includes a selection of locally sourced gourmet meats, cheeses, antipasto, homemade Kies red wine damper rolls, dips and crackers.

Monkey Nut Platter for two $35
For $35 we note that this platter is great value, there is more than enough for the two of us ladies to enjoy over a lazy afternoon. The home made red wine damper rolls are warm, soft and flavoured beautifully with rosemary and pepper. We are informed that the cold meats (ham, sausage and prosciutto) are supplied from the local butcher down the road from the cafe. They are fresh and full of flavour. The ham and sausage are decent thick slices and the prosciutto sliced lovely and thin.

The three dips on the platter today are pickled onion, beetroot spread and sun-dried tomato and cream cheese. The sun-dried tomato dip is the only one made on site and the other two are from local suppliers. I'm not an onion fan but my guest today left this dip bowl clean as a whistle! The beetroot dip is sweet and has a nice chunky texture and the sun-dried tomato dip is super creamy. I would have liked to see all the dips made in house but do appreciate the use of locally sourced products to support their neighbours.

There were lots of pickles on this plate which was perfect for me the pickle addict! I can't promise I shared these pickles evenly with my guest today because the sweetness, tang and great crunch overtook my manners! The marinated capsicum and olives were also great additions to the platter and complimented the bread and meats. The 2 wedges of cheese (a cheddar and Camembert) and lots of crackers were a perfect finish to the well rounded platter.

Peppermint Teas
After our platter we finished with two pots of peppermint tea and a wander through the little gift shop located between the cellar door and the cafe. I also couldn't leave without asking why they called their cafe 'Monkey Nut' and learnt that there is a pine nut tree or 'monkey nut' tree situated at the highest point of the Barossa ranges which you can see from the window of this cafe. This tree assisted the original owner in locating his property when flying his aircraft. It's lovely to learn the history behind the conception of the cafe.

Monkey Nut Cafe Counter
Overall we enjoyed our platter but we did notice the surrounding tables making us jealous with some good looking well sized meals of steak sandwiches, salt and pepper squid and lamb shanks. Maybe next time!

Monkey Nut Cafe (Kies Wines) Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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