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03
Brae
Modern Australian
  • 4285 Cape Otway Rd,
    Birregurra, VIC
  • (03) 5236 2226,
    www.braerestaurant.com/
  • Lunch Fri-Mon noon-2pm

    Dinner Thu-Sun 6.30pm-8.30pm

Brae
-38.345609,143.807401

Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Three Stars
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • Dégustation $190

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Dan Hunter

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