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Du Fermier
  • 42 high st,
    Trentham, VIC
  • (03) 5424 1634,
  • Sat-Sun 9am-4pm

    Dinner Fri-Sat 6pm-9pm

Du Fermier

The fantasy: a weekend in the French countryside, steering the Citroën to an unpretentious restaurant serving whatever's best on the day - no choice, no fuss. Madame Smithers makes the imaginary a reality in Trentham, where on Friday and Saturday nights she offers a menu du jour based on produce from her own farm. In summer, tomatoes are ubiquitous - they top a slab of tarte Provençal and crop up another day as chilled soup. Whole rare beef topside with salsa verde and new potatoes is served to share; dessert brings the likes of classic chocolate mousse or a chocolate éclair. A central wooden table holding enamelled water jugs sets the tone in the rustic dining room, and the two-page wine list supplements the continental idyll - it's 95 per cent French. Service is informal, occasionally to the point of inattentiveness, but on the plus side the staff are friendly and there's no language barrier.

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At a glance

  • Price:
  • E $16

    M $28

    D $14

    3-course dinner $55

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
  • Cards:
  • Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Annie Smithers



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