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Review of The Nookery Cafe

The Nookery Cafe
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Metricup
Cuisines: Australian
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Description: Lovely little cafe/restaurant situated in the Woody Nook boutique Winery, Margaret River region in Western Australia. We enjoyed a wonderful tasting plate of local produce.
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Called in on way to destination and was so enjoyable we came again on our way home. Couldnt fault the food or service in a casual and very cosy setting. Vegetarian quiche was delicious. My friends had the tasting plate and loved it and also the duck which they said was amazing, probably the best duck they have had.
Staff were so friendly.
Definately visit again.

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Thank katonsite
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Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

We drove from Perth to have lunch today only to be turned away by staff who seemed mite concerned with cleaning up the kitchen than serving customers!
When we arrived were told they were only serving afternoon tea, much to our disappointment we decided to have that after our long drive from Perth to then be told we couldn't even have that ad the kitchen was closed!
They lost the price of 4 meals and several hundred dollars worth of cellar sales we had prepared to buy.
Your loss woodynook as there were plenty other wineries happy to have our business.

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Thank Ginetta P
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

We had lunch at the Nookery Cafe, very casual and cosy atmosphere, and the food is sensational. We had fish of the day and the spinach and ricotta canneloni. Absolutely wonderful.

Thank janeetravel
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

Returning to the Woody nook for lunch is like slipping into an old cardie ... warm and comfortable. We have a secret fetish for the Nookery's tasting plate(s). At $48 for two to share we think they are an absolute winner. They change a little each time, too, depending on the chef. But let's see, ours had: pate, smoked salmon, prawn sticks, terrine, scallops, chicken fillets, kebabs, olives and feta, pork belly on caramelised onions, crackers, salad, spring rolls and dipping sauce, baby peppers stuffed with cream cheese ... and I'm sure I've forgotten some. Let me reiterate ... there was MORE than enough for two people! And it was all fresh, tasty and delightfully presented.

With a couple of well chilled bottles of their excellent SSB ($19.95 a bottle), we were in piggy heaven! There is a dessert menu, but you'd have to be really hungry to take advantage of it.

Service is low key ... you actually go to a counter at the kitchen to order ... but friendly and efficient. You can taste wines to help you make your mealtime choice. There is both indoor and outdoor seating; the latter either between the main building and the toilet block, or in a "new" patio area, shielded by transparent cafe curtains and with portable gas heaters. Just one tip: if choose the area between the main building and the toilet block, be aware that the acoustics are such that everyone can hear what everyone else is saying ...

We rolled out of the Nookery satisfied and replete ... and determined to repeat the visit.

Thank Bruce in West Oz
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

On our final day in Margaret River, having tried all of our A-list wineries, we agonized over a decision to choose either Woody Nook or Wills Domain – both were highly recommended and both score highly on TA. We chose Woody Nook, much to our regret…

Although Easter Saturday is one of the busiest days of the year, our experience wasn’t tainted by the large number of people both dining – and being turned away – here. For a start, the highly acclaimed setting is not very attractive, with the main part of the dining area facing straight onto the car park. The indoor section is stuffy and dim, and should be completely avoided. And you can dispel any ideas of a quaint hidden-gem location – this restaurant is factory sized, seating 120 and turning over more than 170 covers on peak days.

The menu looked promising, and despite lacking any starters, we were delighted to find a tasting platter for 2 which we eagerly ordered, followed by the chef’s special T-bone, and a tamarind lamb rump. Our waitress advised us to order first, and then do a wine tasting inside to avoid long waits for food –which is exactly what we did. Ordinarily I suppose you wouldn’t find yourself queuing at a kitchen counter for 10 minutes to place an order, but that was exactly our experience.

The tasting bar and staff were pleasant enough, but again, the concept of having to buy your lunchtime wine from the counter (no table orders) gives this place the feel of a country cafeteria – a feeling which is only amplified when the food arrived. Our tasting plate was a triumph of substance over quality – loaded as it was with spring rolls, deep fried shrimps, smoked salmon, scallops, satay, chorizo, chicken breast, olives and feta, smooth pate, coarse pate, and a mountain of salad. At $45 this seemed like excellent value and certainly attracted a lot of oohs and aahs from fellow diners, but the reality was much less exciting – much of the food tasted like store-bought nibbles, lacked flavour, and some of it, like the spring rolls and smoked salmon, were just plain wrong (you can see a photo of it here).

Anyway, this was the least of our complaints – I sent my T-bone back to the kitchen after the first mouthful, having ordered a medium but receiving a tough, overcooked, thin piece of meat with three super-oily crumbed fried mushrooms on top – the whole pile sitting on top of a mound of potato. My wife’s lamb was also subjected to the ‘make my meal a mountain’ treatment’, which, after scraping off the pile of ribbon vegetable garnish and a thick sweet sludge of tamarind sauce, revealed a tough, overcooked piece of sliced lamb rump – undoubtedly the worst two pieces of meat we’ve been served on either this week-long trip, or the previous week-long trip last year.

I asked for a refund for the steak (in no mood for more food here), but my wife decided not to add insult to injury, and reluctantly ate part of hers. The waitress brought back my folded up $35 and said “here you go”, then walked off. 5 minutes later, almost as an afterthought, she came back to say that the chef sent his “sincere apologies” – that was that.

If you’re looking for a high quality MR dining experience, then there are much better places (Leeuwin Estate, Knee Deep are our two favourites), but if you want a fast-food style lunch served in huge portions surrounded by lots of people who clearly want the same, then this is your place…

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Thank Johnlisa27
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