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

TOP 100 QUEST: TERRACE RESTAURANT, Wahgunyah, Victoria

Seared yellow fin tuna, salt cod fritter, Lombardo peppers and saffron dressing


As soon as you turn off onto the tree-lined road leading up to All Saints Estate you get the feeling that you’re about to have a quality experience.  You walk through a huge rustic tasting room into a lovely covered outdoor dining area where, when you sit, you’re at eye level to the grass which is something a bit different.  Everyone you pass is Read more

THORN PARK, Clare Valley

Macadamia shortbreads and coconut semi freddo with mango and toffee syrup

Macadamia shortbreads and coconut semi freddo with mango and toffee syrup


Not exactly a restaurant, but if you’re after a high quality accommodation/dining experience book in at Thorn Park by the Vines, where hosts David Hay and Michael Speers will make sure you want for nothing. Nestled in bushland at the edge of Sevenhill, this place is both private and quiet and takes up to 6 guests, having 3 Read more

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