Location: 17 View Point, Bendigo Phone: 03 5441 5557 Link: whirrakeerestaurant.com.au Cuisine: French Overall Impression: 8/10
Whirrakee Restaurant and Wine bar is certainly the best dining experience that Bendigo has to offer.
The ambience is cosy and romantic and the service is warm and friendly without being intrusive in the slightest.
Our bread arrives promptly and we browse through the delicious looking menu items.
Kitchen tasting plate Featuring pate, terrine, smoked breast and rillets w/ condiments
Pan seared sea scallops Served with fennel puree, garden peas, verjuice dressing and gaufrette potatoe
Erindale farm lamb loin Served with stuffed eggplant, tomato puree, sweet basil and jus gras
Roasted duck breast Served with savoy cabbage and confit leg braise, roasted sausage and tarragon jus
Minted pea and shaved fennel risotto Served with confit leeks and a shed goats cheese
Fig and Hazelnut clafoutis Served with port glaze and leatherwood honey ice cream
Expression of Valrhona chocolate Featuring Ivoire and raspberry Brulee, Pur caraibe fondant with prune and Armagnac ice cream, Guanaja and hazelnut mille feuille and Manjari parfait with crystalised orange
Passionfruit jelly served with banana sorbet, cheesecake, mousse and mango salad
We were amazed as each course arrived impeccably executed. It was clear that the food was skilfully prepared and the ingredients used were from quality sources. Every dish had well-balanced flavours with elements that accorded to traditional notions of flavour combinations that clearly worked. We enjoyed every course from the entrees to the mains to the desserts (and even the lovely petit fours). Whirrakee Restaurant is certainly a Bendigo gem.