Pod Cafe is nestled in a uniquely vibrant and natural space amongst the beautiful gardens of Pialligo plant farm, lies a quaint, fully restored 1930’s cottage offering diners an incredible eating experience minutes from the Canberra CBD. Owner and chef John Leverink leads a dynamic, creative kitchen and restaurant team, creating memorable dining experiences for all occasions. After a day of truffle hunting we were super excited to try the Majura Valley Experience Menu, because the only sane thing to do after digging them up all day is to eat them!
Truffle and Parmesan Risotto with Toasted Almond
First off the rank for our Majura Valley Experience was this incredible amuse-bouche. Popping open the jar rewards you with a warm truffle scented aroma. I’m telling you if that alone doesn’t get your mouth watering, taking one bite certainly will. The sharp pungent flavour of the parmesan complements the truffle so well and pulling the spoon away creates long thin strings of cheese that’s soft and velvety in the mouth, excellently contrasted with the crunch from the almonds and garlic chips.
If the earthy smell of the truffles wasn’t intoxicating enough imagine adding a whole buttery portobello to the mix. I was K.O’ed before it hit the table. The flavours and contrasts of the dish were spot on with the slightly sour goats cheese cutting the richness of the mushroom. Add a little crunch on top from the crumbs and kale and you’re winning so so hard.
Pine Smoked Duck Breast
The pièce de résistance was this duck dish. As you can plainly see its a beauty on the eye and I can assure you, on the taste buds too. The duck was pink, tender and with a moreish smokey flavour. This was matched with a rich and buttery Jerusalem artichoke gallette and a poached pear. The sweet savoury flavours were all accentuated by a very generous shaving of fresh black perigold truffles. All locally sourced from the lovely people at French Black Truffles of Canberra.
Rhubarb & Apple Crumble
Finishing off the day was this delicious crumble full of poached apple and rhubarb pieces resting atop a bed of crumbled pastry and a creamy rice pudding. Topping that was a truffle ice-cream, which I was pretty stoked to try. The perfect comforting dessert for those cold winter days.
The well established grounds of Pod Food are divided into beautiful areas: the cottage, the deck, the garden terrace and the Gallery. Conveniently located for sunny in winter and shaded in summer. With amazingly fresh, seasonal food and attentive and friendly staff, Pod Food is the perfect dining destination.
12 Beltana Rd,
Pialligo, Canberra ACT
2 Hungry Guys dined as a guest