4 August 2014
Swings and Roundabouts was the midday watering hole of choice during a recent weekend down south. A large group of mates sharing pizzas and wine, on the way to wineries to obtain more wine. Life is good :)
The menu is very limited at the cellar door location. You will order wood-fire pizzas and you will enjoy them. I suggest taking advantage of the free wine tastings (yay!!) before selecting a few bottles to share with friends. Freebies have not lost their appeal despite my excitement about the hundreds of tastings available at the recent Perth Good Food and Wine Show.
KISS principle: keep it simple, stupid. Tomato sauce, mozzarella, and fresh basil. We requested more basil and tore it up to add some colour. The pizza base was thin and crispy but with a good bite. Our table of 8 people was perfectly designed to share pizzas!
Porcini mushrooms are a little fancy *oooh*. Good combo of cheese, cacciatore (spicy Italian sausage, heh), garlic and basil. One of my favourites!
Swings & Roundabouts Sauvignon Blanc Semillon ‘14 and Shiraz ‘12
A bunch of different Swings & Roundabouts wines cost $22 per bottle. I quite enjoyed the sauvignon blanc semillon, but it wasn’t as sweet and unusual as the chenin blanc which I enjoyed the most during the tastings. My mates enjoyed the shiraz!
Daily special (~$26)
The daily special included mozzarella, anchovies, capers, red onion, feta, and oregano. Fantastic salty toppings, yummmm. I freaking love anchovies.
Unsurprisingly, the pizza with chilli and cacciatore was not actually spicy. At this stage, all the pizzas started to taste roughly the same but this one has black olives to distinguish it a little.
I’ve never tasted a pizza with egg and it didn’t amaze me because the eggs were cooked through. Eggs are not a food that I naturally enjoy but I’m learning to love poached eggs with runny yolks (eg. breakfast at The Old Crow).
Shotgun a table inside if the day is a little drizzly, otherwise nab a table in the gorgeous outdoor area overlooking the vineyards.
You can order food and wine (including tastings) at the counter, plus help yourself to bottles of tap water and olive oil. A hearty and decent feed (including a glass or two of wine) for roughly $25 is quite reasonable value in my books.
Likes: gorgeous outdoor dining area, wood-fire pizzas, free wine tastings
Value for money: reasonable, most pizzas and bottles of wine around $20-$25
Overall: good spot down south for decent wine and wood-fire pizza
2807 Caves Road
(08) 9756 6640