Category Archives: Hunter Valley

Sabor in the Hunter, Hunter Valley

During our weekend trip up north to the Hunter Valley wine country, we had afternoon tea at this dessert bar called:

Sabor in the Hunter:

  • Website: http://www.saborinthehunter.com.au/
  • Address: 319 Wilderness Road, Lovedale
  • Open: Fri and Sat (10am – 10pm), Sun (10am – 5pm or earlier if sold out), public holiday Mons (10-4pm).
  • Features: desserts, coffee, light meals
Sabor in the Hunter
Sabor in the Hunter

Like many places in the Hunter Valley, the Sabor was situated on a big piece of land! Next door was a little house with a barking cattle dog (chewing up a ball) and birdhouses hanging by the front door.

Anyway, the red roofed place is the Sabor. As you can see, seating inside and out! But since it was a cold/sprinkling day, we went inside…

Counter
Counter

Here’s a picture of the chocolates on offer, but it doesn’t really capture the MAGNITUDE and MULTITUDE of desserts available behind the bar! These are all showcased and look very big and very yummy – why oh why are our stomachs so small!

The prices range $10 upwards with differences for takeaway/ eat in and pairings with wine.

Tasting platter - $25
Tasting platter – $25

Since the desserts are quite big, we opt for a tasting platter to maximise what we can try. From the end, it appears to be:

  1. Layered cake with chocolate and caramel (I think) topped with a gold coloured nut
  2. Lemon meringue tart
  3. Strawberry mousse (I think) with chocolate curl, strawberry
  4. Tiramisu
  5. Pistachio thing….not too sure….

Each was quite nice (particularly 4 and 5), but we got full too easily. We saw some other people eating a whole tasting plate to themselves! :O

Hot tea
Honey dew green Hot tea – $5

We also ordered hot drinks to warm up from the cold day. Here is my honey dew green hot tea. See that steam? Hot hot!

Flat white - $4
Flat white – $4

D2D also got his usual flat white.

Sabor!
Sabor!

Sabor in the Hunter is definitely a nice spot to treat yourself to some dessert after a long day of driving and wine-ing! It’s also right next to the historic Gillies Bridge where you can take some photos (but don’t get run over!).

What else is around:

Sabor in the Hunter Dessert Bar on Urbanspoon

Emerson’s, Hunter Valley

Over the Anzac Day long weekend, we went off to the Hunter Valley region just north of the Sydney metro area. It was a bit of an gloomy start with dark clouds looming in the horizon and drizzling rain as we passed through Cessnock and towards the area of Lovedale.

We’d pre-booked our brunch via Dimmi at 10.30am Sunday at:

Emerson’s

Emerson’s is located on the Adina Vineyard, which has a cellar door, spa and accommodation. A Modern Australian restaurant, Emerson’s has a nice contemporary decor with seating inside, at the bar, as well as outside on a porch that overlooks the vineyard and accommodations.

Interior
Interior

Despite the cold weather, we braved the outside. A few other tables were also outside, but ended up moving in because of the cold.

Outside table
Outside table

I have to say, I really like their glasses, which have a tinge of green. And each table features fresh little flowers.

But you can see that grey sky threatening to pour…

Flat white
Flat white $4

D2D orders his usual flat white to warm up the day.

You can view the menu online here. Breakfast ranges from $15-18, and boasts a FIVE egg omelette. The breakfast menu is only available from 8-11am on the weekends.

They also offer degustation and course banquet menus.

Our food arrives!

ESTATE GROWN VEGETABLE FRITTATA WITH BINNORIE LABNA CHEESE
ESTATE GROWN VEGETABLE FRITTATA WITH BINNORIE LABNA CHEESE – $17

This is D2D’s estate grown vegetable frittata ($17), which was a fairly big size (8″ diameter) and came with a piece of sourdough. It was tasty, but a bit too oily for our tastes.

HOUSE COOKED MIX BEAN RAGOUT, CHORIZO SAUSAGE, FRIED EGG & TOASTED BREAD  - $15
HOUSE COOKED MIX BEAN RAGOUT, CHORIZO SAUSAGE, FRIED EGG & TOASTED BREAD – $15

I ordered the bean and chorizo ragout with fried egg and toasted bread. The ragout came in a cute little red pot and it was super rich. I struggled to finish it despite it being a small pot.

Bar seats
Bar seats

Here are the bar seats inside the restaurant. Cool yellow chairs.

Vineyards
Vineyards

I’m not sure if this picture is from the vineyards at Adina Vineyards, as the sky looks rather blue. Maybe it’s at one of the others…

What else is around?

Emerson's on Urbanspoon