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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Lunch @ Eleonore's Restaurant

After our successful trip into the "country" a few weeks back, Paalo is in a traveling mood. We aren't venturing quite as far, just the Yarra Valley. Initially we had plans to possibly revisit Cucina Rossa at Bianchet but the rather large sign heralding "Friday Curry Night" and "Devonshire Teas" really put us off that idea. Our next choice was closed so third time being the trick, we found ourselves at Chateau Yering.

There are two dining options here and we opted for their signature restaurant - Eleonore's.

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Not a bad view to enjoy during your meal. It is a pretty impressive dining room -

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more so when you realise it was built only 11 years ago!

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It certainly was built in a sympathetic style to the original home.

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We both enjoyed the oven fresh olive rolls served wonderfully warm.

For starters:

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My choice: Crisp parcel of Persian Fetta, shaved beetroot and black truffle, beetroot jelly

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We are in the country so the serves are generous. This is a dish you'd gladly eat anywhere. You first get that wonderful aroma of white perigord truffle, cut through the crisp warka pastry and you find a luscious semi-soft ooze of persian fetta, a mix of creaminess and saltiness. The beetroot in its various forms, raw, jelly and paste highlights different elements of the beetroot -its earthiness, sweetness and tang.


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Paalo's choice: Tataki of Wagyu, Wasabi panna cotta, crisp sushi rice, black bean vinaigrette, beer air.

When Paalo's eyes rolled back into his head as he took the first bite of wagyu I knew it just had to be good.

Onto mains:

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My Choice: Sirloin on the Bone with Potato dauphinoise, bearnaise sauce and forest mushrooms.

Another excellent piece of beef - a classic combination of flavours.


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Paalo's choice: Slow cooked Lamb Loin, Lambs fry and onion pie, carrot puree and rosemary jus


We probably didn't need it but we ordered the cheese course to share:

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Once again, it's a country sized serve!

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If we didn't need to have the cheese, we really didn't need to have dessert

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Paalo's Choice: Steamed Lemon Pudding; hot vanilla anglaise, grand marnier creme, lime jellies, kaffir lime ice-cream


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My choice: Roast Hazelnut Torte - feuilletine crunch base, caramel mousse centre, mocha marshmallow, coffee and kahlua ice-cream


We've been really impressed with the quality of the dishes that we've had today and will certainly be adding this to our must revisit list.

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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