The Age Good Food Guide

2 Chefs Hats
& Restaurant of the Year Finalist

One of Victoria\'s best places to enjoy good food and exemplary hospitality. 

Everything about Lake House announces the importance of good food, wine and relaxation. The dining room is luxurious, the lake view windows a witness to each season, and the service is polished and warm. There\'s a story behind every ingredient: the forest mushrooms foraged daily when abundant, the yabbies netted in local dams, the wagyu and apples from nearby friends. Alla Wolf-Tasker\'s Russian heritage is threaded through the menu, too. Her father bartered home-made vodka for eels; now smoked eel always features. Technique is a strong point but, rather than feeling buttoned up, it\'s applied with expansive joy. That\'s exemplified by the quail, a fiddly bird made bountiful with careful filleting, then basted with tarragon butter and smoked over pine needles. Desserts may surprise with sophistication, as with a white chocolate globe containing caramelised apple, walnuts and cider jelly, a final exhortation to utterly enjoy. 

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