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.
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]
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.
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.
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.