Restaurants

Top Choice Modern Australian in Dunkeld & Around

Royal Mail Hotel

Dunkeld's main attraction is the showpiece restaurant at the Royal Mail – long regarded as one of the finest in the state. Continuously licensed since 1855, today the kitchen is overseen by chef Robin Wickens who's …
Top Choice Modern Australian in Bendigo

Mason's of Bendigo

Casual yet sophisticated, the menu at hatted Mason's is dominated by local produce to create an agreeable mix of fine food and great atmosphere. Order a bunch of tasting plates such as duck spring rolls or gin-and-t…
Top Choice Thai in Ballarat

Catfish

Run by chef Damien Jones, Catfish is Ballarat's most acclaimed restaurant, featuring a salivating menu of contemporary yet authentic Thai dishes to share. They're probably the only hatted restaurant in Australia to …
Top Choice Modern Australian in Castlemaine

Public Inn

A rustic facade of what was Castlemaine's former fire station opens to a slick yet casual restaurant and bar space with a 'barrel wall', where local wines are dispensed. Food is a set menu of highly seasonal, high-e…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in Kyneton

Mr Carsisi

For the moment, Turkish tastes and Middle Eastern mezze dominate the menu at the well-regarded Mr Carsisi. It does a faultless job of combining foreign flavours with local produce – the honey-and-cardamom Milawa duc…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Kyneton

Source Dining

One of central Victoria's best restaurants, this fine place has a menu that changes with the seasons and dish descriptions that read like a culinary short story about regional produce and carefully conceived taste c…
Italian in Kyneton

La Bontà

Slotting in nicely along epicurean Piper St is this contemporary Italian restaurant serving inventive dishes with authentic flavours. Expect to be wowed by the likes of risotto asticino (Moreton Bay bug poached in t…
Cafe in Halls Gap

Harvest

Utilising the rich bounty of produce in the region, Harvest's cafe menu specialises in locally grown food and wine. It does all-day gourmet breakfasts (Mexican baked eggs) and bites like sourdough steak sandwiches f…
Modern Australian in Ballarat

Craig's Royal Hotel

Even if you can’t afford to stay here, you can experience some royal treatment dining in the Gallery Bistro, a sumptuous light-filled dining room serving European-inspired cuisine. Otherwise, come for a cocktail in …
Australian in Halls Gap

Brambuk Bushfood Cafe

Within the Brambuk Cultural Centre is this cafe that's a must for those who have yet to sample native Australia flavours such as wattleseed, lemon myrtle and bush tomato. Expect items such as saltbush lasagne, kanga…