Sault Article Lead - narrow
Sault Article Lead - narrow 

2349 Ballan-Daylesford Road Sailors Falls, VIC 3461

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Opening hours Wed-Sun 6pm-9pm,Fri-Sun 11am-3pm
Features Accepts bookings, Degustation, Events, Gluten-free options, Licensed, Long lunch, Open fire, Outdoor seating, Romance-first date, Views, Wheelchair access
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef Santiago Nine-Fernandez
Seats 80
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 03 5348 6555

Flanked by fields of lavender, fronted by a formal rose garden and fountain and overlooking a lake from the rear picture windows, the sandstone villa and grounds could be a nostalgic transplant from Provence were it not for the backdrop of Australian eucalypt forest. The cosy fireside lounge and spacious dining room deliver a sense of occasion, enhanced by the gently attentive service. A new Spanish-born chef with impressive credentials (including as head chef at a Michelin two-star restaurant on Mallorca) has tweaked the seasonally adjusted, regionally sourced produce-driven menu up a notch or two. A wild hare and venison terrine with streaks of pumpkin puree, dots of bitter chocolate and a baton of tokay jelly is a visual and taste sensation. Pink-roasted duck breast sits atop braised witlof with a Guinness-reduction sauce and autumnal garnish of chestnut puree and quince. And for Spanish-style dessert, try a pile of churros with chocolate dipping sauce, creme Catalan and caramel icecream.