Thursday, April 11, 2013

Romantic Yarra Valley rendezvous (Chandon, Chateau Yering and Rochford)

In addition to the stunning scenery, J and I love the Yarra Valley for its beautiful food and, of course, spectacular wine. 
So it was no surprise that we were back again. Our recent trip began with a visit to Chandon.

Green Point Brasserie at Domaine Chandon 

Location: 727 Maroondah Highway Coldstream
Phone: 03 9738 9200
Cuisine: Modern Australian, European
Overall Impression: 5/10

Green Point Brasserie at Domaine Chandon on Urbanspoon

The food was of a reasonably good standard. The polenta chips were a particular standout. Unfortunately, the service left much to be desired -  the waitstaff could be seen avoiding eye contact and being incredibly unresponsive. Thankfully, the beautiful surrounds more than made up for that flaw.
We soon arrived at Chateau Yering where we were staying for the weekend.

Featuring elegant fixtures and fittings throughout, this historic homestead offers luxurious accommodation. Our suite had a majestic ambience - it was sheer luxury.

Eleonore's Restaurant

Location: Chateau Yering, 42 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen
Phone: 03 9237 3333
Link: http://www.chateauyering.com.au/dining-restaurant.asp 
Cuisine: Modern Australian, International
Overall Impression: 9/10

Eleonore's Restaurant on Urbanspoon
We had a wonderful dinner at Eleanore's, which is the restaurant attached to Chateau Yering.
The menu features a wonderful selection of Modern Australian cuisine with daring flavour combinations that delight. 
Each course showcased Executive Chef, Matthew Macartney's culinary expertise. It is no surprise that the restaurant has consistently maintained its Chef Hat standard. 
Suckling Pig white onion purée, rhubarb relish, black pepper jus 
Miso-cured Kingfish nahm jim sorbet, caramelised cashew, Thai salad 
Rare Roasted Venison beetroot gel, walnut praline, apple cake, chocolate jus 
Hay Smoked Duck Breast foie gras, cherry, white peaches, vanilla jus 
Pear Tart white chocolate cremeux, lychee, mint fizz, pear cider sorbet 
Vanilla Cheesecake pistachio, macaron, honey ice-cream
Each course was well thought out and delightfully balanced. The service was warm and unobtrusive. It was certainly a memorable dining experience.

Sweetwater Café

Location: Chateau Yering Hotel, 42 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen
Phone: 03 9237 3333
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Overall Impression: 8/10

 Sweetwater Cafe on Urbanspoon

Breakfast at Chateau Yering's Sweetwater Cafe...
Delicious!
Our trip to the Yarra Valley ended with a lovely lunch at Rochford.

Isabella's (Rochford Winery Restaurant)

Location: 878 - 880 Maroondah Highway,  Coldstream 
Phone: 03 5962 2119 
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Overall Impression: 7/10

Rochford Winery Restaurant on Urbanspoon
The restaurant has a lovely dining area with alfresco areas where you can bask in the sun. 
Freshly baked soy & linseed ciabatta with housemade smoked olive oil butter
Beef Cheek 
24 hour slow cooked Cape Grim beef cheek, horseradish, mash potato, cavelo nero, Rochford sweet red wine jus 
Lamb Back Strap Salad 
Yeringburg lamb back strap cooked to medium with semi sun dried tomatoes, Yarra Valley Persian feta, black olives, caramelized red onions, asparagus & mesclun 
Caramel Macadamia Nut Tart 
Served with Yarra Valley dairy goats milk ice cream & candied macadamia nut

The food was of a very good standard and the service was excellent!

The Yarra Valley continues to be J and I's favourite places to visit in Victoria.

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