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One Penny Red, Summer Hill

Tasting the ‘Trust the Chef’ four-course menu with matching wines

What we enjoyed: ‘Trust the Chef’ at $68pp for four courses to share and matching wines

Highlights: the wine pairings by David Murphy and hay valley lamb shoulder

Deep fried farfalle for munching


Clarence River king prawns, smoked tarragon butter, grilled coorong sea blite

These massive prawns have been roasted and doused in butter – they’re easily peeled apart and scraped clean tasting sweet and with a firm bite.

sardines on seeded rye crispbread, tomato, celery, garlic cream $5 each

Filleted sardines layered with some fresh vegetables, the warmed oily fish is cut through by a light vinaigrette. Thank you for making such a tasty little morsel of food to start.

grass fed beef tartare, finger lime, jerusalem artichoke, flat bread $18

delicate cubes of rare beef dressed simply in oil, speckled throughout with the light sourness of finger lime, topped with crunchy artichoke leaves – this is a great example of how you only have to use a few key ingredients to create a refined, clean dish

thirlmere free range wood-roasted chicken, duck fat sprouts, bread sauce $29 half $50 whole

hay valley lamb shoulder, chickpea, pomegranate, sorrel $35

The meat dishes we sampled: wood-roasted chicken and Mediterranean braised lamb, were soft enough to pull apart with a fork alone. Chef RJ uses smart flavours that are guaranteed to work together well, resulting in rich, comforting and generous mouthfuls.

new season asparagus, cured egg yolk, chervil, lemon $12

For dessert, we could not go past a crispy cannoli shell piped with luscious, creamy ricotta nor the hot fluffy doughnuts and chocolate sauce.  We became buzzed from all the spot-on wine pairings and had a terrific feed in those four courses. Do go.

MsBrulee dined as guests of One Penny Red. Opinions however are our own and independent  

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