Oaks Hotel Ross Hills Wines Low Slow Dinner

[Invite] We’ve been to The Oaks a couple of times over the years and this Neutral Bay Grand Pub with their famous 1500+ fairy lights Oaks Tree is a popularist joint. It’s a Monday night and their rather large beer garden is packed with guests; and its a chilly winters night. The locale with great pub eats continue to impress with their event styled Dinners. Tonight is a multiple courser Low and Slow dinner with Chef Roy Ner and Danny Russo behind the pans and Matched Wines from Ross Hills Wines.

Oaks Hotel Ross Hill Wines Low Slow Dinner

Monday Night catchups and eats under that glorious Oaks Tree

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Oaks Hotel Ross Hill Wines Low Slow Dinner menu. $80pp plus booking fee.

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Vitello Tonato

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Cured Cobia with ancient grains, pistachios, radish and popcorn shoots

Paired with the canapes is a light and crisp 2011 Blanc d Blanc Ross Hill Pinnacle Vintage Brut. The Vitello Tonato is a medium piece of sliced veal with a tuna sauce. Punchy in flavour and a good bright bite. Cured Cobia is a nice clean entree, with a good earthiness from the assorted grains, nuts and shoots on it; firm texture to the flesh and good acidity and crunch from the garnish. [Paired with 2015 Ross Hill Pinnacle Chardonnay]

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Getting into the Dinner Proper. Dishes are served family styled and there’s plenty of wines to be had.

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The Ross Hill Wines – sit down dinner at a glance. Smoked lamb shoulder, Beef braised baby carrots with lemon gremolata, Fried cauliflower with romesco sauce, Roast potatoes with garlic and rosemary and a Winter leaves, persimmon, almonds and parmesan salad

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Smoked lamb shoulder served with rich jus. Each table had 2 so this was shared about 4 ways.

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Fried cauliflower with romesco sauce. Unsurprisingly, during the post dinner chat with Chef Danny Russo, guests at this dinner applauded this dish. Tasty, sweet, charred with a velvety rich flavour. It’s one we loved.

The main course tonight was smoked lamb shoulder and this was flavoursome and hearty and quite a good match to the season. It’s slight gaminess matched with a hearty 2013 Ross Hill Pinnacle Cabernet Franc.

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Hazelnut pannacotta with strawberries, meringue, basil and lemon sorbet

Paired with a tasty dessert wine, the Ross Hill Wines 2012 Late Harvest Riesling – the hazelnut pannacotta was a light easy dessert. We did wish it was served on a plate for that jiggle test but what was here was delicious.
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Also part of the dinners, there’s a bit of a social media competition where 2 winners walked off with a bottle of each of the wines we had tonight and a Q and A session with Ross Hills Wines who introduced each tipple and also, a discussion about the eats tonight. Reasonably priced, with plenty to drink and eat – these series of dinners at The Oaks are fantastic value (matched wines at some restaurants are $60+ pp). Highly recommended and a great time. They do sell out of tickets; keep in the loop by checking out The Oaks’ Social.

The Oaks Hotel
118 Military Road Neutral Bay Sydney NSW
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