Daniel Alps at Strathlyn

Photo: visitvineyards.com

After reading a plethora of articles about this restaurant we finally made it for lunch. We don’t exactly live in the area so made a special trip.

The restaurant is at the Ninth Island Vineyard and that means it is well positioned for clients requiring a quality repast on their way around touring wineries. It also affords the diner some lovely views of the Tamar river.

We weren’t given a premier viewing position but then we were there for the food. Just as well because the actual restaurant fit-out was disappointing, tired and actually quite boring and lacking in warmth. The toilets are a let down also and need some TLC. Sorry to go on about toilets in a post about food, but today they are an important part of the equation, we should definitely visit there to wash hands before eating shouldn’t we.

Daniel Alps’s food at least has a deserved high reputation and this now broadens to offer a deli style store and cooking classes in Launceston. The staff at his restaurant were among the best we have found for politeness and appropriateness in service.

The servings at the restaurant are on the slightly larger than normal size, what is larger than normal, those you see on the mainland is what I am comparing them with. My Springfield venison was cooked to perfection. An uncomplicated dish but if not the right quality meat and cooked with care it could be a waste of a dining opportunity.

I was nursing a very damaged back so was not up to taking photos, and the wood backed Thonet style chairs did not help.I did not write down all we ate but we enjoyed our food and would return. I just hope for any international visitors I take here in the future that the look of the place is improved.

Another quibble is that they do not have website. Having a website is paramount today for all restaurants, maybe they will catch on soon as now they have a town store and cooking class programme. This is the way of the present, not just the future for marketing.

I am on the email mailing list so received this information to share:

Alps & Amici  in partnership with Electrolux  are delighted to advise the eagerly awaited cooking classes are here and we are letting you know first.

“Dan’s kitchen: Ready-to-go restaurant style dishes …. tips and tricks on how to jazz up your week night dinners or wow your friends at your next dinner party” – Tuesday 30 March 2010

“How to get the most out of your spices ….” – Thursday 22 April 2010

What’s included in the demonstration? The classes are an intimate demonstration style where you will have the opportunity to watch, learn and interact with Daniel Alps.  During the class you will be tasting the food being demonstrated.
Matching local or international wine/beer tastings shall be served to enhance the flavours of what has been prepared.  All participants shall receive the recipes from the evening along with a pantry bag and 10% discount on anything purchased on the night.

How much does it cost?  $75.00 per person all inclusive (incl gst)

How long is the demonstration?  We ask that everyone be at Alps & Amici at 7.15pm ready for a 7.30pm start.  The class shall conclude about 9.30pm.

How many people in each cooking demonstration?  There will be a maximum of 10 people in each class so get in fast.

How can I book?  You can call us on 6331 1777 or email us on info@alpsandamici.com Monday – Friday during our opening hours.  We are open Monday-Friday 7.30am-6.30pm and Saturday  8.00am-2.00pm

How do I pay Payment is required at the time of booking – we accept Visa and MasterCard or cash (if you come in to the store).

What if the class I want to attend is full?  We shall have a waitlist available for each class.

Group bookings or private classes  If you would like to book your own private cooking class outside the dates we offer please contact us as they are available on request.

What else is happening  more demonstrations to come …. we shall be in touch shortly with dates and themes for winter … Saturday afternoon cupcake classes …  free in store tastings on a regular basis

Daniel Alps at Strathlynn is also part of the Alps & Amici family ….

95 Rosevears Drive
Rosevears TAS 7277

Phone: 03 6330 2388
Fax: 03 6330 2599
Email: strathlynn@pipersbrook.com

It is a competitive field so to stay in business it helps to diversify and expand but it is a must to upgrade what you already have. Roz

  1. #1 by bagnidilucca on March 11, 2010 - 8:20 am

    We really enjoyed our lunch here. We did get a great position and had a great view over the vinyard and the river. The staff members who looked after us were excellent, particularly the Canadian fellow.

  2. #2 by Di on March 11, 2010 - 8:24 am

    You hurt your back? That would have been great for the return journey!
    Looking forward to hearing about your trip and how being back in Qld is going.

    ps the wedding went well last Friday. Will send you somje pictures anon.

    • #3 by tastetravel on March 12, 2010 - 11:50 pm

      I have just added your blog to my links on the foodfindertasmania blog, hope you get some visitors Roz

  3. #4 by figjamandlimecordial on March 11, 2010 - 7:43 pm

    I used to be a big Pipers Brook pinot fan in days of old. Did you buy any of their wines? Shame about the toilets, and I do know what you mean. How much you enjoy yourself is always related to the total dining experience, not just the food…

    Cheers, Celia

  4. #5 by tastetravel on March 11, 2010 - 8:28 pm

    Like you a fan of the wines but I was not enamoured with my choice of wine on the day so left it off the post. When you buy a glass of wine to go with a certain dish you don’t get the best reserve. Hubby doesn’t drink so often have to buy individual glasses.thanks for feedback Roz

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