For so long I have been meaning to check out Little Guildford (opposite from the Rose & Crown Pub in Guildford) as I’d heard their brekky’s were divine. So a couple of weeks ago we finally made it for breakfast. I am happy to say, it was as good as I had heard but it was the little signs yelling out ‘we are licensed now’ that really caught my eye. And yes I spent most of breakfast looking over their wine menu to suss out whether booking in a dinner was worth it.
As we’re local to the area it would be rude not to give their dinner menu a run for its money. So I booked in a date night meal for myself and Mr. Spittoon. From the amount of couples there on this particular Friday night, it’s safe to say it’s a hot spot for date night!
The Little Guildford Menu – The Wine & Drinks
I have to admit, I love looking over wine menus. Sometimes I could spend ages trawling through the pages and even longer trying to decide what to order, however this is not always very sociable. Particularly on date night, I appreciate a concise wine menu which is full of absolute gems as it means decisions are easy and I can get back to giving my date my full attention.
There is a good number of wines by the glass, a couple of sparklings and a good handful of reds and whites as well as rose. I found it interesting that the two dessert wines listed were both moscatos and it’s good to see a Talijancich fortified on the list – you can’t go wrong with it.
Glass prices start from a reasonable $7 and bottle prices from $31. There’s a good amount of local WA wines on the list as well as some gems from Italy.
I really enjoyed the La Gioiosa Prosecco we had for $42 a bottle to start with, we followed this with a glass of Innocent Bystander Moscato from the Yarra Valley for $9 each (I’ve never really drank moscato but with dessert it was rather refreshing) and our lovely waiter also slipped us a nip of the Tali Julian James Red Liqueur free of charge which was lovely!
The best thing is, if you don’t want to pay restaurant wine prices then you can always BYO (Chateau Guildford Cellarbrations is just up the road and has an awesome selection). Corkage is $5 per person.
There are also a number of beers and ciders on the menu. We ended our meal with 2 espresso’s for $3.50 each and it took us both back to Italy – best espresso I’ve had in a long time!
The Little Guildford Menu – The Food
Again a good amount of choices to choose from to suit many tastes in my opinion, but not too many choices that it’s too hard to decide. We decided to skip the entrees this time as the dessert menu looked too good. We really didn’t want to get to the end and not be able to fit it in.
However saying that I have to admit that Mr. Spittoon was still hungry after mains and desserts. The portions aren’t huge for the price you’re paying but you’re not getting ripped off as the quality of the food on the plate is sensational! Our entire meal, including drinks came to $155 which is a little expensive for 2, especially when one is still hungry after the meal. But despite saying that, Mr. Spittoon has not stopped talking about how good the food was since we went. I’ll take quality over quantity any day.
Mr. Spittoon opted for the Pork Cutlet at $32 which was one of the specials of the day. Thank-fully he took a picture of it as I didn’t really see much of it before it was devoured. I did get a tiny taste and the potato gratin was mouth-watering.
I went for the Pork Belly & Scallops served with lime & ginger dressing finished with chilli & mint for $35. It has ruined me. It was so amazingly good that I doubt I could order anything else on the menu when we go back again. Truly divine!
Dessert for Mr. Spittoon was revolutionary, he ordered the Swiss Chocolate Pot Served with Jaffa Ice-Cream for $14 and apparently the chocolate mousse in the dish was the ‘best chocolate mousse’ he has EVER had. I will never make chocolate mousse at home again, as it’ll never live up to that!
I thought his dessert was nice but I reckon mine was even better. I went for the Soft Centred Chocolate Pudding with Raspberry Sorbet for $14 – I didn’t want it to end and yep I pretty much licked the bowl. The raspberry sorbet was a treat with the moscato by the way.
Would we go back again?
If you haven’t already picked up on the very obvious cues, then yes we would most definitely go back again. The food and wine were amazing. The setting is lovely – I loved the fresh flowers and candles on the table plus it has a pretty rustic charm to it. Service can always make or break a place for me and our waiter and waitress were adorable! The Italian dude who seemed to be running the front of house was friendly and informative plus the food came out at good time intervals. Kudos to the chef as he/she makes some stunning food.
I’m already looking forward to our next visit – as there will definitely be a next time!
PS: When we went for brunch I was head of heels in love with the potato, chilli and corn cakes – they are a must try!