Phone: 03 5422 2039
Cuisine: Classic French bistro with a twist
Overall Impression: 7.5/10
Upon entering the restaurant, the bar area is the first sight that greets you. The mood is upbeat and sexy. Within mere seconds, we were greeted by a welcoming Maitre d' who ushered us into the dining area. It is at once a lot warmer and calmer. The exposed brick interior design is natural and rustic, almost homely.
The wine list is not particularly large but there are a good variety of Australian reds on offer. To the restaurant’s credit, there is a lesser than usual mark-up on the wines. Perhaps this is a feature of country restaurants (we experienced the same thing when dining in Rutherglen).
sauteed locally cultivated mushrooms, poached bantam egg, balsamic vinegar
This dish was beautifully simple. It reminds you of how delicious home-grown food can be. The flavours are far more intense and yet natural at the same time. The egg was perfectly poached, with luscious yolk oozing out from the piercing of its albumen by my knife. The mushrooms were palatable and the balsamic vinegar brought just the right hint of acidity to the dish. Simple and to the point.
Main: Fish $36
pan roasted snapper fillet, potato puree, spinach, blue swimmer crab bisque
The snapper was cooked to perfection. The skin was perfectly crisp and the flesh was tender and juicy. The blue swimmer crab bisque was intensely dense in flavour. It was heavenly.
free range corn fed duck, confit leg, spaetzle, spinach, dijon mustard
slow roasted central highlands lamb leg, bean ragu, potato puree, rosemary
chervil and tarragon, gnocchi parisienne, asparagus, broad beans, creme fraiche, parmesan