Salix is the restaurant at Willow Creek vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia.  It is a very good place – the food is always excellent, the location and restaurant space is very attractive and the service as good as it comes.  So recently I had no qualms about trying the “Autumn Table” lunch special – two courses and a glass of wine for $42 (Australian 2012).

The starter was fish cakes, the main slow roasted shoulder of lamb on a wild pine mushroom risotto.  I couldn’t fault the presentation, and the flavours were superb, especially the risotto, but the portion sizes!!  The starter I would classify as a generous amuse-bouche and the main made a decent starter.

I know they’re working to a budget, but this one stepped over the line in terms of what is reasonable.  They really have redefined the light in “light lunch”.  It’s a shame because it really is a good restaurant, but that experience did not endear me towards the place.  Salix Pinot Noir – a sound pinot.