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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Lunch @ Eleonore's Restaurant

Joining us for a trip in the country are regular dining companions, Al and Elle - the destination, Eleonore's Restaurant at Chateau Yering.

On Sunday, a limited option menu is available at lunch.

Our starters:

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Roasted Yarra Valley Quail, foie gras farce, truffled linguini, sauce périgord
No need to guess, this was my choice.

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Ballotine of King Salmon, Yarra Valley Salmon Roe, Cucumber and Coconut Jelly

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Elle's choice is well worth two photos. The layered cucumber and coconut jelly sits at the front, topped with local salmon roe.

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Tataki of Wagyu, wasabi Panna Cotta, crisp sushi, black bean vinaigrette, beer air

Both Al and Paalo went for dish - just like I find it hard to go past the quail, Paalo finds it impossible to forgo the tataki.

For mains:

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Beef fillet, boulangerie potatoes, spinach, forest mushrooms, bearnaise sauce
Al and I couldn't resist the call of this dish.

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Butter poached Glenloth Chicken, truffled bread and butter pudding, sautéed asparagus and morels

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Elle and Paalo both opted for this dish. The strip wedged between chicken and pudding is pressed chicken skin - roasted until crisp, it's deliciously evil.


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For a side we went for the Gratin Dauphinois Potatoes - a touch of truffle present in these.

For desserts:

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Coconut Tapioca Semi Fredo, seasonal tropical fruit salad, coconut macaroon, passionfruit ice-cream truffle, mango sorbet

Paalo's choice just speaks of summer - wonderful fresh flavours


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Broken Lemon Cake, mandarin bruleé, lemon sherbet

Elle's choice is quite light and refreshing. A touch of whimsy in the swiss cheese like white chocolate slices.

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Milk Chocolate and Peppermint Delice, choc-mint aero, pistachio financier, dark chocolate ganache, pistachio ice cream

With a heavy pistachio presence this was always going to be my choice. There are just so many components, differing tastes and textures that it is a sheer joy to eat.

We must say that the desserts have been particularly impressive - a great sense of style and balance is showing. They certainly work to compliment the savoury dishes but also work as a statement of their own.

The details:

Eleonore's Restaurant at Chateau Yering
42 Melba Highway, Yering
Phone: +61 3 9237 3333

Open:
Dinner - every evening from 6.30pm
Lunch - Saturday and Sunday from 12pm - 3pm

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Eleonore's Restaurant

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