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Daylesford Adventures

For my mom’s birthday pressie, my sister and I decided to take her away to Daylesford for the weekend.   Daylesford is a lovely little town with great places to eat!  Two places stand out for me, which are:  Kazuki’s and Cliffy’s Emporium.   Another place of note in the region is Du Fermier in Trentham which rocked my socks.

Let’s start with Cliffy’s.  It’s just a nice little cafe with great brunch.  I wish I took pics, but alas I can only recall that the cheddar potato hash was excellent, the scones were a delightful afternoon snack and the cakes were great!    Most importantly, coffee was solid.  We brunched there twice and got takeaway coffees and cake once.

Kazuki’s was fabulous.  A very solid restaurant with great food and superb service.  Started with a beautiful “house smoked salmon, spanner crab, cucumber, edamame“.  Light and delicate, really beautiful to eat and to look at.IMG_6636.JPG

The second dish I had was the “pork belly, bun, kimchi, apple“.  Mix of different textures, and delicious.


For main I had the “Sher Wagyu porterhouse, MS 9+, chimmichurri, chargrilled vegetables” which was spectacular.  Loved this dish.


Dessert was “Tonka bean crème brûlée, lychee sorbet, meringue, raspberry“.   Again, beautiful to look at and beautiful to eat.


Would you believe, after that 4 course dinner, I went to Du Fermier the next day?  By the end of this holiday, I was well and truly well and over fed.

The concept at Du Fermier is that there is no menu, they serve you whatever it is that’s in season and available.    We started with the best savoury tart I’ve ever had, which were filled with leeks from the chefs garden.   Was amazing.


The main was a shared plate consisting of wagyu steak with garlic croutons roast vegetables with a veal jus.  It was so so so good.  I honestly can’t describe how good it was.  All I know is that it was perfect and I want to eat it all over again.


Dessert was lemon curd and meringues.   It was pretty darn good.


My mom, sister and I had an amazing time in Daylesford enjoying the sights, hot springs and massages.  The food was also amazing and on a whole new level of regional dining.  I seriously can’t wait to get back to Du Fermier.

For more info and reviews:

Kazuki’s (one hat)
Kazuki's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Du Fermier (one hat)
du Fermier Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Shoya – an old favourite that consistently delivers!

My beloved boyfriend brought me here for our anniversary in late Jan, as I love Shoya and have not been in 2-3 years.  My oh my, how things do not change!  This was a good thing, as the dishes I wanted were served to me as I had remembered.  The restaurant was quaint, service was impeccable and food was delicious!

We decided to go for the most modest of the degustations ($120 per person) and I’m honestly not sure how we would have coped with the larger ones as I was so fully by the end of it!

The first dish for the degustation was a lovely “Salmon Carpaccio Shoya Style served with deep fried salmon skin and truffle .  We were instructed to roll it and eat in one mouthful.  Delicious!

The next item was “Kingyowhich is basically chicken meatballs.  The meatballs smelled divine (chicken and sesame oil) and were a lovely soft consistency.  It was served with lentils which added a nice texture.

Next up was “Monk Awabi” which was an abalone dish served with monkfish liver pieces and miso flavoured cream cheese.   It was tasty and my partner commented “who would have thought monkfish liver would taste that good”.

We were then served a  mysterious sounding dish:  “Hatching Ocean Egg“.  It was a steamed egg custard (served in an egg shell) topped with truffle and tempura scampi (nom!).  Beautiful flavours in a beautifully presented dish.

The “Assortment of Sashimi” has the most delicate and fresh sashimi presented in a mesmerising ice bowl. Mesmerising because my partner and I spent a good 10 minutes trying to work out how it was created (balloons?).  Fresh wasabi was ground in front of us, and it made for a spectacular way to eat sashimi.

On to the meat dish!  “Beef Spinach Roll” – slow cooked meat wrapped in a spinach soufflé.  You had me at “slow cooked”…   it was rich, it was tasty, it was delicious!  This was my partners favourite dish of the evening.

The next dish was the highlight of my evening: “Crab Tempura“.  Massive crab legs in a light tempura batter served with wasabi salt.  Sooo good!  Warning:  it does get messy with the de-shelling.

At this point we got a palate cleanser – Lemon lime bitters topped with caviar.  Alcoholic tasting.  Strong and did the job.

The next dish was snapper with noodles in a bonito soup – it was fragrant, had beautiful soft fresh noodles and a delicate broth.  The burst of the roe when taking a mouthful elevated this dish to all new highs.  And it was very pretty to look at.

Last savoury course of the evening was “Wagyu Beef Steak“, “Mixed Rice” and “Miso Soup“.  The steak was rich, and how could it not be when it has truffle with it.  The rice was tasty and the miso soup was good.   Felt very homely and it was a nice way to end the savoury dishes.

At this point of the dinner, I was bursting at the seam so luckily, dessert was a modestly sized platter aptly named “Chef’s Dessert” – there was a chocolate mousse, a green tea panna cotta and a slice of sea urchin cheese cake (it’s not as bad as it sounds!).  All were good, light and most importantly, small portioned!

So, all up, a fantastic experience was what I was expecting and it’s what I got.  The food was as good as I’d remembered and I was a very happy camper.

For more info and reviews:
Shoya Nouvelle Wafu Cuisine on Urbanspoon

Basking in the sun in Noosa…

Decided that I had to escape Victoria for a short trip interstate and decided to head to Noosa, upon recommendations from friends.  On the whole, I loved it!  It was quite and quaint, the beach was lovely and the hotel (Sheraton) was awesome!  Things that I didn’t quite like:  things are expensive there!  Whilst there are some dining highs, there are definitely some lows.

The hotel was fantastic, we were really lucky to get a good deal on the room there.  Central and close to everything, food there was decent (we had breakfast included) and of course, it had a nice pool (which we had burgers by one day).

Food worth traveling for:  Wasabi (pics attached) – fantastic Japanese by the river, authentic and delicious.  River Cottage – a bit out of the way but the food was stunning,  Modern Australian and great service.  Ricky’s – we didn’t actually get to dine there (booked out every night!) but the people there were lovely and referred us to River Cottage.  Local surf lifesavers – good size and well priced pub grub.   Lindoni’s – good italian, authentic but a tad overpriced and snooty.

Food that’s not worth traveling for:  Cafe on Hastings:  overpriced and really average.  Bercaros:  overpriced and average.  Bistro C:  overpriced and average.  Sheraton Seafood Buffet:  don’t do it, radioactive orange prawns.

(11th – 16th October 2010)

More info and reviews on Wasabi:
Wasabi on Urbanspoon

More info and reviews on River Cottage:
River Cottage Restaurant on Urbanspoon

More info and reviews on Rickys:
Rickys River Bar on Urbanspoon

More info and reviews on Lindoni’s:
Lindoni's on Urbanspoon