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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Lunch @ 3777

It's our anniversary on Sunday so we've headed off to the Yarra Valley for a weekend escape. For lunch, we stopped by Mt Rael to try out their restaurant, 3777.

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what strikes you as soon as you sit down is the expansive view

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we're quickly settled with menus and bubbly

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For starters:

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Guanciale, slow braised du puy lentils, wild herb soup

A simple composition but the flavours all come through. The wild herb soup is a light purée, the herbs are sourced straight from the kitchen garden

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special of the day - spiced roasted red pepper soup with caramelised onions

A lovely curry note carries through this soup and yet allows the red pepper and onions characters to exist.

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We are really impressed with this 2004 Tokar Estate Tempranillo

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These mirrors are a great idea - they are angled just so, that even if you don't face the view you still get the full view reflected.

Onto mains:

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Veal Cutlet, Silvan Jerusalem artichoke gratin, brussels sprout leaves, hazelnut crumbs, pan juices

A combination of flavours that work really well - the hazelnut and sprouts are a great mix. The veal cutlet was a lovely piece of meat.

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Margaret River eye fillet steak, butternut pumpkin and sage blini, oven roasted Yarra Glen oyster mushrooms, cabernet jus

Cooked rare, the eye fillet had plenty of flavour while retaining tenderness.

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For sides we order the Tuscan style Toolangi Delight potatoes (cooked with garlic and rosemary) and Broccolini with Healesville smoked bacon.

I'd especially like to compliment the wait staff for handing two groups of obnoxious diners with great aplomb and good grace. A word to these diners, just because you've come from the city doesn't give you the right to talk down to people or to make fun of the way they speak.

The details:

Restaurant 3777
Mt Rael Retreat
140 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road
Healesville, 3777

5962 1977

Restaurant 3777


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