The Age Good Food Guide 2013

"The Terrace Restaurant   14.5 / 20

It’s a fairy-tale location 1880’s castle, sweeping lawns, tree lined driveway - so unsurprisingly Eliza Brown chose to marry at the family vineyard last year and enlisted her husband, restaurateur Denis Lucey (Bottega) to help revamp The Terrace.

 

A permanent marquee forms the dining space, offering bucolic views of the All Saints Estate vineyard. The contemporary menu makes a feature of regional produce. You might start with a minty salad of broad beans, asparagus, fennel and ricotta, or gnocci rich with four cheeses and herbs. Follow with a fork-tender slow-braised Rutherglen suckling lamb with almond and olive salsa, or twice-roasted half duck with estate-grown oranges.

 

Dessert might be variations on a rhubarb theme-including brulee, semifredo and soufflé-or a Myrtleford buttermilk panna cotta with Muscat poached cherries. And for those with a soft spot for cheese, a wide ranging plate could include Scottish and French imports as well as a less travelled Milawa blue. It’s elegant fare in stately surrounds."

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