37 Springs Rd, Clayton South 9544 9929
Smoked oyster, apple, horseradish
Beef tendon, salted macadamia praline
Duck liver, rye crisp, mountain pepper
Charcoal chicken wing, celeriac, scallop, lemon pith, miso foam
House baked sourdough with butter
Hapuka, nettle broth, broccoli leaf, pork fat
Kangaroo, native plum, sorrel, dried berry
Pynegana cheddar, mustard sheet, muntries
Tangelo, black garlic, brioche, fromage blanc sorbet
Jerusalem artichoke ice cream, dehydrated chocolate mousse, fragrant tea jelly
Things I knew before dining here:
1. former Vue de Monde chef Clinton McIver heads the kitchen
2. reviews have been very complimentary and at one point this place was booked out for months in advance
With this in mind, I walked in with fingers crossed hoping that this place would live up to its expectations. Unfortunately for me it did not. Although I enjoyed everything that was offered on their tasting menu, nothing in particular sent my tastebuds into a frenzy. However the menu here is constantly changing depending on seasonality and other aspects so perhaps it was just the current menu that failed to impress me. I also found each course to be quite small and left still feeling hungry.
On a more positive note the service was terrific and I loved the simple unpretentious atmosphere (this place is unexpectedly located at the Clayton Bowls Club and the dining area offers a nice view of the bowling green).
I am still undecided as to whether or not I want to venture here again. Perhaps so once the menu has completely changed.