2015 Age Good Food Guide Awards
The Age Good Food Guide 2015 was released last night, & we are pretty happy with our result - 14.5/20. See below for what the esteemed judges had to say about the Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant.
The Oakdene estate includes many attractions. There's the cellar door building (made to look like it's tipped on its side; tipsy?), strollable grounds dotted with sculptures (like the wheelbarrow tree), a decommissioned train and a fine-dining restaurant. Housed in the original gable-ceilinged 1920s house, the main dining room is loudly coloured with collections of art glass and paintings. The food, too, is energetic: many dishes are made up of multiple elements, and the menu changes almost weekly using what's in season. It's also elegant and refined, as in entrees like tender octopus pieces arranged on charry potato discs. Mains might include a crisp-skinned barramundi fillet topped with floured-and-fried calamari served with a scoop each of Oakdene olive tapenade and cauliflower puree; or some prime beef from the grill. A chocolate sorbet and mousse dessert has tiny marshmallows here, 'soil' scattered there, a leaf placed just so. It's a delightful dinner, lunch or day out.
AND ... A casual pizza and pasta cafe is due to open on-site in September 2014
VIBE Winery wonderland
BEST BIT A deserving destination and day trip
WORST BIT The drive