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McLaren Vale’s #1 restaurant spotlights homegrown flavours with new Summer menu

The Currant Shed is a staple of the region, highlighting the importance of collaborating with the region’s incredible local businesses and they take great pride in supporting McLaren Vale and Fleurieu producers.

Hot off the heels of being recognised as the number 1 restaurant in McLaren Vale at the TripAdvisor awards, The Currant Shed showcases the reasons why it took out the title.

The Currant Shed is a staple of the region, highlighting the importance of collaborating with the region’s incredible local businesses and they take great pride in supporting McLaren Vale and Fleurieu producers.

The restaurant is dedicated to its ethos of providing an unforgettable dining experience without compromising its philosophy of supporting local.

The Currant Shed works with Choice Mushrooms, which currently feature on its gnocchi dish that includes crispy fried gnocchi, fried local mushrooms, mushroom purée and parmesan cream, as well as Ellis Butchers who offer a bespoke butchering service to Fleurieu restaurants, and wherever possible they source from local farmers.

The Fleurieu Milk Company can’t be forgotten as they source 100% of their milk from the Myponga region allowing them to control quality at the farm level. Fleurieu Free Range Eggs and McLaren Microgreens are also showcased on the menu, rounding out some of the most iconic SA offerings going around.

However, the list of homegrown producers doesn’t stop there. The Currant Shed also tends to onsite gardens that provide its menus with as much homegrown seasonal produce as possible, and when possible, it creates pantry items for its winery Shottesbrooke.

The pantry items are made from preserved vegetables, fruit and other unique non-perishables.

The restaurant grounds are home to a 30-tree planting of Tahitian lime trees which, when in season, feature consistently on The Currant Shed’s menu. Additionally, when the trees are full of fruit, the restaurant is only too happy to encourage its guests to take limes home with them – sharing is a huge aspect of what makes its small community so strong.

Their generous neighbours often drop their surplus homegrown produce off at the restaurant for them to use, which helps to eliminate wastage and allows the venue the opportunity to give something back to them in return.

The dishes themselves promise to be a true reflection of their fresh ingredients.

The Currant Shed’s hero dish is pork, peanut, chilli, and bean sprouts. This pork belly dish is the only menu item that has been served permanently on its menu since it was introduced over five years ago. According to the team, “if it were removed from the menu, there would be a riot”.

Newly added to the seasonal menu is the berry and lemon mousse cake, with juniper and white chocolate ice cream served with fresh berries and juniper sugar. Created by the restaurant’s talented pastry chef Tash, this dish has been incredibly popular with guests. With its striking purple features and tantalising textures, it promises to taste as beautiful as it looks.

The Currant Shed doesn’t just cater to the big kids but also the little ones as well. The restaurant happily caters to children and offers a children’s degustation menu.

The kids’ menu features classically-loved children’s meals such as fish and chips, spaghetti bolognese and chicken tenders, and provides dessert options of an ice cream cookie sandwich or a seasonal fruit ice block.

The Currant Shed is usually closed on Wednesdays but it is open on Wednesdays throughout the festive period (21st & 28th December and 4th January).

Take a bite out of your own backyard and make your way down to The Currant Shed to find out why it gets rave reviews.

Find out more about The Currant Shed via the website, Facebook or Instagram.

Find The Currant Shed at 104 Ingoldby Road, McLaren Flat SA 5171.

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