Yesterday Donny & I had the meal of the year during a beautiful lunch at Loam.
We left home early and built up a sizable appetite visiting a couple of beautiful wineries along the Bellarine Peninsula, so when presented with the list of possible ingredients for the month of November (in place of a conventional menu) it went without saying that we would opt for the maximum number of courses available (7) with matched wines for $160pp.
Our waitress advised that this could take quite some time, but we were in no hurry, content to enjoy the landscape of olive groves and various wildlife out the large bay windows.
The meal began with a palate cleanser of radish and smoked butter and was followed by our first course of Dutch carrot, brazil nut, pine needle yoghurt, herbs matched with the local Oakdene ‘Jessica’ Sauvignon Blanc.
Second course followed after a suitable pause. Blue-eye and it’s bones, garlic, celery, turnip which was matched with a Louis Jadot Macon Blanc. In case you’re wondering… yes we were given lots of bread & encouraged to mop up all of that delicious sauce 🙂
The next course was the only one that we had an inkling of what it would be due to the raw nature of the product. Generally though our waitress took great pleasure in keeping us in suspense throughout the meal.
Wagyu rump, hen’s egg, squid, wild garlic was served tartar style and matched perfectly with the 2009 Sorrenberg Gamay.
Having not drank a lot in the last couple of months, I was starting to feel a wee bit tipsy by the end of the fourth course of Squab, pink fir, bitter onion, roe, marjoram and a glass of People Madly Stomping Pinot Meunier!
The fact that I was happy to continue eating after the last savoury course was testament to the perfect pace of this lunch. Veal rump, jerusalem artichoke, milk, cabbage, squid and a glass of Paradise IV Bates Ford Shiraz was the fitting end to this part of the meal!
The cheese course was next, and in typical loam style it was not just a typical ‘slab’ of cheese. Ewe’s milk – old & new was actually a beautiful combination of roquefort, mint and icy, almost sweet ewe’s milk and was paired with a 2007 Amietta Angel’s Share Cabernet Cermenere.
We’d wiled away almost four hours by the time dessert arrived. Usually I’d shy away from anything chocolate but the balance of flavours between Chocolate, lemon curd, pear, vinegar meringue and a glass of Dal Zotto Pucino Procecco were absolutely perfect.
It was difficult to pick a favourite dish for the day – every course became the new favourite, only to be superseded by the next!
Loam is definitely the full package. Amazing food, serene outlook and the very friendly and knowledgeable staff led us to the mutual feeling that we didn’t want the experience to end. But when it did, we were presented with one more surprise – a printed menu to take away, complete with wine selections. Just perfect 🙂