Located on Main Street, Mrs Brown at VictoriaHotel looks like any ordinary bar when you step inside. But enter the beautifully renovated dining area and discover a romantically relaxed scene. With candlelit wooden tables and timber floors, it was a welcomed sight.
Mussels from the night's specials board
Wild mushroom tartlet's with parmasan and rocket salad
Arancini with a gourmet feta salad and house chutney
The food was pleasant and met expectations but it was nothing to write home about.
One thing we did notice was the unusually small mark up on the wines. It was on average, a mere $5 mark up perbottle.
Main: Slow roasted maryland of duck, red cabbage, rocket and hazelnuts
The duck was tender and well cooked but had overly subtle flavours. The salad that came with it was too sour. As a whole, it was not a very balanced dish.
Main: Veal Escalope with wine and cream sauce potatoes and vegetables
The tender veal and the creamy sauce made this a very hearty country-style dish. It was overall very enjoyable to eat.
Main: Lamb backstrap stuffed with feta and spinach and served with cream potatoes and vegatables
The lamb was cooked to perfection and in my opinion, was the best main course of the night.
Main: Grilled Cape Grim scotch fillet, fat chips, bobbie burns shiraz sauce with a gourmet salad
The steak was cooked to our liking and was delicious. It was well seasoned and tender. It was simple, to the point and executed well.
It was soon time for dessert.
Date pudding with a Chambers muscat toffee sauce and gundowring spice ice cream
We had expected a moist and dense date pudding with intense flavours. Instead, our date pudding was a lot lighter and had the texture of a sponge cake. That said, the date pudding was still pleasant to eat.
espresso, frangelico and ice cream
We ended the night with a delectable cheese platter. All in all, it was a lovely night out -good food, good wine.