Tag Archives: Regional

LEONARD’S MILL, Second Valley, SA

Smoked kingfish sashimi, chargrilled octopus, dashi pearls, daikon and yuzu

 

Okay – if you want a seriously great dining experience, take the drive to Leonard’s Mill in Second Valley, SA. This food is not only up there with the best I’ve eaten in South Australia, it’s some of the best I’ve had in my travels around the country.  Owners Jane Mitchell and Alan Greig have had Leonard’s Mill over four years now, and eighteen months ago they were fortunate enough to secure husband and wife team Brendan Read more

TOP 100 QUEST: LAKE HOUSE, Daylesford

 

Some months ago, a friend and I embarked on a Top 100 tour of regional Victoria.  After going to four fantastic restaurants in a row and having some of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had, I was wondering how good Lake House could possibly be – it was the last destination of the trip, and maybe I’d had too much good food within too short a time (is there such a problem?).  I thought Read more

TOP 100 QUEST: GLADIOLI, Inverleigh, Victoria

Pan fried Parisienne potato gnocchi, asparagus and goats curd

 

Another regional gem – this one in Inverleigh, about a half hour drive from Geelong. It’s on the main street, a small unassuming Victorian weatherboard.

This lunch time I was dining on my own.  There’s a choice of a five or eight course tasting menu. As I had a dinner booking back in Melbourne at 6pm, the five course was really the only option if I wanted to have any chance of Read more

TOP 100 QUEST: BRAE, Birregurra VIC

The amazing Iced Oyster with beef tendon!

 

Once again, a regional restaurant that is worth driving to the middle of nowhere for.  You’ll find Brae at Birregurra, about an hour drive north west of Geelong in Victoria. Set on 30 acres, with its own organic produce garden, you drive up past the original old brick house to the restaurant structure that was built around 30 years ago.  I think Dan Hunter’s food is even better now than Read more

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