A close friend of mine at University recommended Chesters Restaurant to us ten years ago. We used to go regularly (back when we were not married, had no mortgage and before the kids) to the Swan Valley to dine at this beautiful venue. We love it so much that the night after we got married, we went there for dinner, and have been going ever since on our anniversary (except when we were in Korea, and last year when I was terribly sick). I've promised a review twice now, so here it is - finally!
The Good Parsi Hubby and I drove off to the Heafod Glen Winery, a short distance away to the Swan Valley winery district. As we entered we were slightly shocked to see the restaurant packed, however we did have the last 8pm booking so anticipated a few other patrons would leave and things would slow down. We were warmly greeted at the front bench and lead to our table.
My siblings in law bought a ‘voucher’ for my birthday this month, but knowing how much I love Chester’s, and as we were already going for our anniversary, they offered to let us used the voucher early (thank you)! The deal entitled us to an entrée, main and dessert each, but we ordered a few extras and drinks to celebrate in style.
We started with the Warm Turkish bread, Housemade Dukkah & Chapman River infused Extra Virgin Chilli Olive Oil. The bread was delightfully warm, fresh out of the oven and absolutely delicious with the dukkah and oil. I knew there was a risk I would fill up on bread, but it was a risk worth taking!
For entrée I ordered Pork Belly & Ham Hock Terrine, Smoked Maffra Cheddar, Cornichon Mustard Relish, Baby Herb Salad & Ciabatta Toast, and the Hubby ordered Confit Garlic & Lime Scented Shark Bay Prawns, Tomato Water Jelly, Green Gazpacho & Cucumber Pepperoncino Salad. We always share our dishes so we get to taste twp delicious dishes, and both were simply amazing. The prawns were cooked to perfection and the terrine was surprisingly delicious.
For mains we ordered Western Australian Rump of Lamb served Medium, Green Olive Pesto, Puy Lentils, Red Radish Salad, Romesco & Heafod Tawny Jus, and Prime Kilroy Tenderloin of Beef, Chirizo Layered Boulangere Potato, White Bean Salsa & La Lidia Smoked Paprika Jus. The beef was beautifully cooked medium and the jus complemented the flavours perfectly. The lamb was also medium and much to my surprise the lentils were absolutely delicious and added a fabulous texture to the dish. I used to LOVE the lamb rack at Chesters and was always disappointed when it was off the menu, however any kind of lamb dish is just awesome here, so I’m over my rack issue now... We ordered some Shiraz Voigner which was a wonderful red with both dishes, and ordered the Vendura Mista salad on the side to also share.
By this point I was full to the brim so we took a short break, and relaxed with some tea while our desserts arrived: Rich, dark chocolate delice, miso caramel, hazelnut crunch, black sesame ice cream, and Green apple, mango & passionfruit sorbets, red berry jus. Both desserts were fantastic but the chocolate dish was so rich I couldn’t even eat half. I probably shouldn’t have pigged out on the bread!
I used to book with the previous owners (Anna and Duncan) but was informed that ownership had recently changed, and there was a new manager, Charles – who was just as lovely and accommodating. He himself was running orders and in the restaurant during the busy Friday night and checking on us to ensure everthing was up to standards - and it was.
We had a fantastic night at Chester’s, as always. I can honestly say we have never had a bad experience with food, service or wine. Even though we were a ‘coupon customer’ we were given the same excellent treatment as we have experienced in the past, were not rushed, ignored or treated second to full paying patrons.
If you’re in the Swan Valley and after a delightful and absolutely delicious dining experience, I cannot recommend Chester’s highly enough.
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