Rendezvous House – Angaston (Barossa Valley), SA

When this place was recommended by someone at a cellar door, she claimed it was all vegetarian and organic. Well, it is organic, but it certainly isn’t vegetarian! We rang to check before we went and they do have quite a few vegetarian choices on the menu, so we decided to check it out. The place itself is an old house converted into a restaurant so there is a choice of two dining rooms. The dinner menu was very meat based, so we ignored it and checked out the specials and the pizza. I also checked out the “all day breakfast” but then realised that all day actually only means until 3pm! I decided to go with the tomato and basil soup to start followed by a garden fresh pizza without artichokes. Martin went for the artichoke bruschetta and the special pasta (also full of artichokes!). The soup was fantastic – full of fresh herbs and cracked pepper – I have vowed to try and make soup like this in winter. The pizza was also good – it had roasted pumpkin, boccancini, olives and fresh spinach on top and it had a nice crisp base that wasn’t too thick and the topping went all the way to the edge! Martin enjoyed his dinner of artichokes, although I have to say that you could barely taste them in the pasta which also had mushrooms and other veggies in a yummy cheesy sauce. Not sure whether I would call it “edible art” (as advertised on their card) from a vegetarian perspective, but it was pretty good!