"We Like to treat people as if we're inviting them into our home. If everyone goes away feeling special, then we've done our job."
Words by Stephanie Cowper
A unique restaurant to the area of Mount Alford, the Insta-worthy location of Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm is popular with the locals for more than just the incredible views.
The restaurant, run by Executive Chef Daniel Groneberg, offers a unique twist on fine dining with an exceptionally large selection of local produce incorporated into a wildly unique selection of foods.
"A lot of our farm gate produce comes through Oppy's Fruit & Veg. They act as a community hub. It's also about being flexible with your ingredients. At any point, we can grab food that is essentially just down the road. It's always going to taste better. The shelf life is better and food waste is non-existent", Daniel explains.
With an equal amount of local and visiting diners, the importance of showcasing predominantly local produce in each dish not only gives each meal the upper hand with flavour, but it also allows the customer to be able to purchase their favourite ingredients from the Scenic Rim region.
Recently adding to the impressive 30 local suppliers, Daniel isn't bothered by how big or small the supplier is.
"If they're only producing garlic once a year, we'll still buy from them. They don't have to be a company producing a large amount. Running Creek Beef, for example, supply every couple of months so we stockpile the brisket until we have enough to run it on the menu. The same with Tommerup's Dair Farm veal and butter as it's not viable for Kay to produce in large quantities, but we can still turn it over".
While not a fine dining restaurant, Daniel prefers to explain the menu as really good quality food prepared in a simple way that tastes good. Attention to detail is taken when creating items such as sauces. Beef bones are used to make sauce for beef, chicken bones are used for chicken sauce etc., each dish has its own unique flavour profiles.
"I want to be able to have people in here that sit down have a great meal and go home and talk about it rather than have people come in here with a mobile phone and take photos of their food."
Daniel is fortunate to have the opportunity to work in a small kitchen with minimal staff which gives him and his team the flexibility to experiment a little bit without going overboard.
"I just want to come to work, play around, push out meals and have fun. Food should be about fun. Glen and I have worked together for nearly 3 years, we work well together as we understand that we're not trying to create something that no one can't make at home for a start."
Next time you're travelling through the Scenic Rim town of Mount Alford, don't forget to drop into Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm for the ultimate local food and hospitality experience!
"You can't come out to the country and have a small portion of food on your plate. You want to go home full and satisfied. We like to offer good old country hospitality and like to treat people as if we're inviting them into our home. If everyone goes away feeling special, then we've done our job."