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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Lunch @ De Bortoli Restaurant

We're taking a very quick one-night break in the Yarra Valley - a day to get away from the phone and relax.

Our first stop before checking in at Chateau Yering is the restaurant at De Bortoli Winery.

De Bortoli© by Haalo

There is a choice of a la carte or a 4-course degustation ($65) - as soon as we here that magic word, our choice is easy.

While we wait, I sip on a rather civilised White Peach Bellini while Paalo enjoys a refreshing Red Angus Pilsener

De Bortoli© by Haalo
Served with good Italian styled bread is a mix of soft curd cheese and herbs.

De Bortoli© by Haalo
Our first course is antipasto - consisting of baked ricotta with herbs, grilled capsicum and slow roasted suckling pork.

We took note of another offering heading to a nearby table - deep fried school prawns, which to our horror where being tackled with a knife and fork. For the love of food, it is positively sinful not to eat the whole thing.

De Bortoli© by Haalo

Spaghetti with Prawns, garlic and olive oil - juicy prawns with a pleasant level of garlic and excellent pasta, cooked correctly.

De Bortoli© by Haalo

Quail saltimbocca on Sicilian caponata and crispy fried grape leaf

Served in very much an Italian fashion, the meat course isn't overly large, the pasta course easily being the main course of the meal. The quail was excellent - juicy and flavoursome.

De Bortoli© by Haalo

Tiramisu - a good version of a classic dessert.

The details:

De Bortoli Winery and Restaurant
58 Pinacle Lane
Dixons Creek

(03) 5965 2271

Lunch - Daily from 12pm
Dinner - Daily from 7pm

Winter trading hours from the 5th May until 30th September 2009 - Restaurant closed Tuesday and Wednesday



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