With a focus on local, seasonal produce, often set in spectacularly beautiful surrounds, regional restaurants are luring diners to new culinary adventures.
It seems astonishing that Lake House has been around for 30 years. The restaurant/country hotel/day spa has an energy and exuberance that much younger pups could only dream of, while dining in the comfortably upholstered, light-filled restaurant still ranks as one of the best food experiences in Australia. The beautifully maintained dining room helps, as does the crack service and impressive wine list with a fondness for local and international heroes. But it is the food, based around locally sourced produce as much as possible, that anchors Lake House with its sense of place. Locally made charcuterie is teamed with house-made pickles and leaves from the restaurant\'s own vegetable patch. Quail stuffed with pork (both from the region) might be wrapped in cabbage and served with a vibrant masterstock broth, while desserts make a highlight of local seasonal fruit. It\'s an all-round impressive performance, even without the age factor.
Open: lunch & dinner daily. Licensed.
Two-four courses from $80.
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