Top Choice Bakery in Bendigo

Gillies Bendigo Original Pie Shop

The pie window on the corner of the mall is a Bendigo institution, and the pies are as good as you’ll find.
Top Choice Modern Australian in The Southern Grampians

Royal Mail Hotel

Dunkeld's main attraction is the restaurant at the Royal Mail Hotel. Continuously licensed since 1855, the Royal Mail is today one of Victoria’s top restaurants. Chef Robin Wickens oversees the kitchens for the upma…
Top Choice Cafe in Ballarat

The Lane

The laneway running beside the George Hotel buzzes with all-day diners. At the front is a bright cafe with breakfast, light meals and a bar; at the back is a great little pizzeria which doubles as an à la carte rest…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Castlemaine

Public Inn

The former Criterion Hotel has been brilliantly transformed into a slick bar and restaurant that, with its plush tones and leather couches, wouldn't look out of place in Manhattan. Food is high-end 'gastropub'. Chec…
Top Choice Thai in Ballarat


Catfish is the newish kitchen of chef Damien Jones, who made the Lydiard Wine Bar such a treasured local secret. Thai cooking classes only add to what is an increasingly popular package.
Top Choice Modern Australian in Bendigo

Dispensary Enoteca

Local produce, a hip eating space and a talented chef make this one of regional Victoria's more creative restaurants. The chargrilled jumbo quail could yield to the juniper cured and seared Aylesbury duck breast. Th…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Bendigo

Mason's of Bendigo

Casual yet sophisticated, dominated by local produce yet influenced by cooking techniques from around the world, Mason's inhabits a former glass factory. It's an agreeable mix of fine food and great atmosphere at an…
Top Choice Australian in Kyneton


Celebrated chef Michael Flouch presides over perfectly prepared contemporary dishes; the focus is on updated classic tastes without too many frilly elaborations. Try the French-style potato gnocchi with blue-cheese …
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Kyneton

Mr Carsisi

Turkish tastes and Middle Eastern mezze dominate this well-regarded place, which does a faultless job of combining foreign flavours with local produce – the honey-and-cardamom Milawa duck breast is typical of the ge…
Italian in Ballarat


A mainstay on Ballarat’s cafe scene, this trendy Italian-style place doubles as a record shop – choose from the whopping jazz, blues and world-music selection while you wait for your espresso or Tuscan bean soup. Fa…