When it comes to the weekend, it is sometimes necessary to just take yourself away from the city. However, if you do not already have a prefered hiking trail or camping site, it might be difficult to choose where to go on a whim. Finding a location to dine at can be helpful in this regard, in our experience.
Choose an establishment such as a restaurant, brewery, distillery, or café to centre the remainder of your travels around it. You may escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a leisurely Sunday lunch or a long weekend of exquisite dining thanks to the abundance of excellent eating alternatives that are located within a short distance of Victoria's urban core.
Graceburn Wine Room
Mac Forbes' Healesville cellar door now serves weekend dinners.
The Graceburn Bistro is the ideal destination to use as a pretext for taking a trip to the Yarra Valley. Mac Forbes, a local icon in the world of winemaking, runs the Healesville cellar door, wine bar, and cafe, while chef Kate Kilsby is in charge of the kitchen.
Kilsby is having a celebration of simplicity in the kitchen by preparing a menu of plain dishes that is only one page long. Seasonal, focused on local ingredients, and designed to be shared, it includes dishes such as roasted pumpkin with tahini dressing, duck breast prepared on a hibachi grill, and sesame prawn toast with finger lime. On Thursday, diners may choose from a menu consisting of three courses, while on Friday and Saturday, they can choose from a menu consisting of five courses.
On the wine list, you'll find Forbes' own award-winning drops at the top of the list, with a handpicked selection of bottles from both abroad and from regions that are closer to home.
The space itself is modest, with capacity for just more than thirty diners, but the architect Zenta Tanaka (whose work you may have seen at establishments such as CIBI and Mina.no.ie) has packed a powerful punch into the architecture of the space, making it feel much larger than its actual size.
A faultless degustation-only restaurant in the middle of a 50-acre Mornington Peninsula winery and sculpture park.
When you pay a visit to Laura, it's hard not to be impressed by her. sweeping vistas, meals prepared with care, and carefully selected wines served in Austrian glassware that has been uniquely hand-blown are all part of the experience.
If you leave the city by car, you will be travelling on an overland path. Even before you enter the estate, you are encircled on all sides by vineyards and have no view of the ocean. The impression of entering the front doors of the basement entrance and restaurant and seeing the verdant sculpture park flowing off down towards Western Port Bay and Phillip Island is nothing short of magnificent. This is because the sculpture park is located on the hillside overlooking the bay.
At the secluded restaurant Laura, guests are encouraged to place themselves in the capable hands of culinary director Phil Wood and work their way through a tasting menu consisting of six courses. You are also free to select four or five different classes to take. The culinary portion of the degustation will take you on a tour around the Mornington Peninsula. Each course will be named after a region on the peninsula that provided the primary ingredient for that course.
On the other hand, the wines that are paired with the food are more like a trip across the world, with only a few stops at home here and there.
The entrées all use locally sourced ingredients, such as goat's milk from Main Ridge, duck eggs from Heritage Farm, and olive oil from Cape Schanck. The Port Phillip scallop risotto with shiitake has overtones of warmth and spice, and a little smokiness throughout the dish. It is presented in a scallop shell, and while it may be tempting to lick the sauce that is stuck in the grooves of the shell, this is not the appropriate setting for doing so.
The meat is served on top of a buttery pie made of flathead and potato, which is topped with a salty-sweet burst from the salmon roe from the Yarra Valley, and then there's the meat itself. After eating the pork with the coffee glaze, which is crisp on the outside and juicy and delicate on the inside, you will find yourself looking into the distance and thinking about it for days thereafter.
The sweet potato, which was roasted in charcoal salt in the pizza oven, is taken from the crust at the table and presented with a vinaigrette made of hazelnuts and porcini mushrooms. This adds a flourish to the side dish.
In the case of Laura, you would be wise to take the French to heart when they advise that a dinner is not truly complete without some form of cheese. You won't want to miss out on this flavorful chapter coming from Berry's Creek, which is nearby. Who would have thought that blue would go so nicely with honey from Pt. Leo Estate, Puy lentils, and pear? Phil Wood did.
The 15-year-old sercial from the volcanic island of Madeira, the sake named for the fourth-generation female toji (master brewer) who brews it, and the 2012 Pt Leo Estate chardonnay are three of the standouts among the wine selection of 600 different options.
At any point in your journey, your waiter will gladly pour the wine you are drinking into a glass that is less valuable so that you may take a stroll around the sculpture park to settle your stomach. Be careful to make a complete rotation around Laura, the giant cast-iron head created by the Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa. Laura is the namesake of the restaurant.
There is not a lot of Scandinavian food in Melbourne, much alone a café that is dedicated to serving it. In addition to their other brunch offerings, Oppen is a welcome newcomer to the city's brunch scene because to its selection of Danish-style open sandwiches (smorrebrod).
Their selection of smorrebrod includes quite a few different kinds of meat, and the Grilled Pork Liver Terrine is one of the more filling options because it includes a 63 degree egg that has been cooked to a crisp as well as bacon. The Cauliflower Steak is also a notable dish; it is a flavorful mix of healthful ingredients such as charred broccoli, quinoa, chickpeas, and sunflower cream. This dish is a flavorful combination. Ingredients that have been charred and have a satisfying crunch are just what I'm looking for.
Oppen's Smorgasbord On Sundays, grazing boards are offered, and they may include bread, cured meats, preserved vegetables, or drinks in addition to the usual fare. When you make a reservation in advance, you will receive both a little discount and a guarantee of a table. Since Windsor Station is only a few steps away, getting home after a particularly drunken brunch shouldn't be too difficult.
One of Victoria's most acclaimed dining establishments is the excellent diner.
IGNI is one of the most highly regarded regional restaurants in all of Victoria, and it is hidden away in Geelong behind a contemporary black exterior. Aaron Turner, who also runs Hot Chicken Project across the block, is the chef and proprietor at this establishment. Turner is unafraid of pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the culinary world, and he celebrates the finest examples of the region's tiny, customised producers. Because of the often rotating menu, no two trips will ever be the same experience. The menu is determined by whatever top-quality farm-fresh harvest Turner manages to procure on any given day. At this point, the meaning of the phrase "product-driven" is elevated to an entirely new level.
The food, which is served in the form of a six-course dining trip, is a celebration of simplicity just like the room itself. Here, serious skill is shown with minimum fluff and fuss. Get ready to be astounded by some mind-blowing flavour combinations, as commonplace ingredients are taken to mind-boggling new heights.
A small but varied selection of wines will be offered to combine with your degustation, and you can choose from menus that have been carefully prepared by professionals. It is well worth the trip to Geelong, whether you take the car or the rail.
Dari Korean Cafe and Bar
The neighbourhood of Hardware Lane now features a new element. Dari is a new Korean sandwich bar and café in the city, and they have quite an interesting menu to offer their customers. It is strongly suggested that you place an order for one of their speciality lattes. The Black Sesame Latte is not too sweet and has a robust flavour of black sesame, whilst the dusting of toasted walnuts on top of their Job's Tears Latte prepared with soy makes it a very delicious beverage.
The K-Street Toast may appear straightforward at first glance, but upon closer inspection, it reveals itself to be a substantial sandwich that is loaded with egg omelette, carrot, onion, maple onion mayonnaise, ham, American cheese, cabbage, and ketchup.
It has a lot of flavour and a lot of bulgogi, and much like the beverages, the bulgogi doesn't have an excessive amount of sweetness to it, which is something that a lot of Korean cuisine in Melbourne has a tendency to have. Because The Egg Bang (also known as Kieran bbang) are produced to order, having some patience is necessary; nonetheless, the end outcome is more than worth it. It has a wonderful aroma when it finally comes. Additionally has a satisfying flavour and is topped with crunchy crumbs.
Dari infuses the Melbourne coffee scene with an originality that has been sorely lacking till now. Both your appetite and your desire to learn more about the topic will be sated by the flavorful cuisine served in large portions.
A perfect pastel diner serving up great pan-Asian food in Geelong
Although Frankie does not have the reputation of a destination diner like its neighbour Igni does in Geelong, this (less expensive) restaurant is certainly well of a stop on the way to the seaside. Why? The inside is just breathtaking, with polished leather everywhere, beige leather couches, and delicate rose-gold accents. It is the type of interior that all of us yearn for but are unable to achieve because to our clumsiness and disorganisation. But let's not be superficial. Both the ambience and the drinks menu at Frankie are top-notch. The drinks menu features wines from regional and state vineyards as well as cocktails that are exquisitely garnished.
After you have satisfied your thirst, the pan-Asian supper menu will take care of the remainder of your needs for the evening. The restaurant serves dishes that are inspired by cuisines from Japan, Thailand, and Korea, including crunchy sesame rice balls from Japan, slow-cooked beef cheek curry from Thailand, and Korean fried chicken with a mirin and gochujang glaze for $21.
In addition to that, there is bao, which is the most popular type of finger food. Try the version made with slow-cooked pork belly, sesame, and crushed peanuts for a flavour combination that you won't be able to forget in a hurry.
Ciel Cafe, Southbank
Ciel Cafe is a quite roomy establishment that may be found tucked away behind an unassuming storefront. There is still a sense of warmth and cosiness in the area, despite having high ceilings and the openness of the room.
The Matcha Latte is powerful and silky, and easily ranks among the greatest beverages I've tasted in recent memory. The Roasted Cauliflower dish is topped with beetroot hummus, kale and cherry tomato dukkah, with a surprising quantity of quinoa underlying it all. They prepare their carbonara without adding any cream as a filler ingredient. A smoked bacon oil, parmesan, and an egg that has been heated to 63 degrees and is ready to be mixed on top of fettuccini.
Crispy pork belly with sriracha mayo, pickled cucumber and carrot, topped with peanuts, fried egg, and coriander, served on a bed of sweet potato chips at Ciel Cafe's Pork Belly Burger. ($20)
Crispy pork belly covered with sriracha mayo, pickled cucumber and carrot, peanuts, fried egg, and coriander, served with sweet potato chips. This dish is known as the Pork Belly Burger.
The Pork Belly Burger is our signature dish, and it is loaded with so much crispy pork belly that you will most likely need to disassemble it before you can eat it. This dish has pork belly combined with sriracha mayonnaise, pickled cucumber and carrot, peanuts, a fried egg, and coriander. If it doesn't satisfy your hunger, you'll also get a side of sweet potato chips as an option.
It is true that the pork belly is crisp on the exterior and juicy on the inside, and the pickled cucumber and carrots help to counteract the richness of the protein.
This Mornington Peninsula institution has a winery cellar door, cafe and fine dining restaurant
This Mornington Peninsula institution, which has received a total of 16 hats during the course of its existence, reopened in 2018 as an updated and more laid-back version of itself. And now, renowned chef Matt Wilkinson is driving Montalto's emphasis on sharing meals, having long discussions, and soaking up gorgeous countryside vistas in his role as Culinary Captain.
The kitchen has been completely gutted and redesigned, which will be the first thing that you notice when you arrive. The new focal point of the room is an asado grill, which is modelled after parrillas seen in Argentina. Montalto's kitchen garden, which has grown to cover an impressive three acres, is the source of most of the restaurant's products.
You may get a taste of its deliciousness by ordering dishes such as roasted Jerusalem artichoke with crème fraiche and chives or bagna cauda with fresh crudités. Both of these dishes are on the menu.
In the meanwhile, all of the meat that is offered on the menu comes from local suppliers. This includes everything from the grass-fed sirloin that is served with pumpkin, parsley, and cucumber salad to the slow-cooked pork chop that is served with lentils and greens that have been braised. The linen tablecloths have been replaced with handcrafted tables constructed of recycled and sustainable chestnut by Zac Pearton of ZP Woodworks. In their stead, the linen tablecloths have been removed.
The restaurant is open from Friday through Monday, but the all-weather outdoor piazza is open every day and serves produce-driven pizzas and Mediterranean-style meals such prawn gnocchi and chicken liver parfait with house pickles. The restaurant is open from Friday through Monday.
The atmosphere is often one of openness and relaxation, making the most of the picturesque vistas offered by the Montalto Estate, which feature sculptures, olive groves, and vineyards. Be sure to stop by the cellar door while you're there; it's open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ten Square, Melbourne CBD
The former location of Hardware Societe has been taken over by Ten Square, and the restaurant's seasonally rotating menu has an eclectic mix of products, ranging from brunch standards to meals that deviate from the usual. Alongside the stacked, sliced potatoes of the Pomme Anna, pomegranate sauce, and pickled baby beetroot, the Tender Glazed Beef Cheek is served in a very substantial chunk. When we initially placed our order, we were unsure about the intensity of the onion flavour that was present in the soubise that accompanied the pork belly. The onion does not take precedence over the other flavours in this meal, which turns out to be extremely well balanced overall. The Miso Charred Mackerel is without a doubt our favourite dish since it is well seasoned and does not have an overpowering taste of fish.
As is the case with the other courses, the vegetables, which include baby carrots, grilled shiitake, and turnip, are prepared artistically and with due regard, so that the natural flavours of the ingredients are brought out.
Wickens at The Royal Mail Hotel
Dunkeld's fine diner where you can indulge in degustations and a 28,000-bottle wine cellar surrounded by bush.
It is time to put Dunkeld's Royal Mail Hotel back on your radar as a potential destination for a weekend trip, since it now boasts a new gourmet dining option called Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel.
Taking over a separate location on the property, the isolated restaurant is reached via a woodland walk the winds down from the hotel. With floor-to-ceiling windows that take in the breathtaking scenery of Mount Sturgeon and Mount Abrupt, it was created by Byrne Architects in Melbourne with the intention of highlighting the building's relationship to the natural environment that surrounds it. Inside it's a luxury combination of sheepskin leather, sandstone and Australian oak.
This reverence for the soil is reflected in Executive Chef Robin Wickens' hyper-local cuisine, which will undergo frequent revisions as a direct result of the produce harvested from the olive groves, orchard, and 1.2-hectare organic kitchen garden located on the property.
The garden-fresh ingredients serve as an inspiration for textural additions to plates, such as soils, foams, purées, and vegetable infusions. An ever-changing chef's tasting menu, which costs $220 per person, is available for guests to indulge in, and an unique chef's table in the kitchen is accessible for parties of up to four people.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the liquor side of things isn't lacking, given that the Royal Mail has an award-winning 25,000-bottle vault. In addition, there are three professionally designed wine pairings that are available. Get a taste of the greatest privately-owned collection of Bordeaux and Burgundy in the southern hemisphere with the French match ($200), appreciate locality with the all-Australian wine match, or mix things up with the cellar wine match ($130).
The restaurant is a substitute of sorts for the two-hatted Royal Mail Hotel dining room, which closed in early 2017. The hotel's informal restaurant, Parker Street Project, has just taken over the area that is linked to the hotel. If you are staying the night, this is a great option for lunch because it is connected to the hotel.
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