Lunch Thu-Mon noon-3pm
Maxwell Wines' Ellen Street Restaurant is an eatery to watch, especially after the arrival of talented German chef Fabian Lehmann. He has swiftly familiarised himself with local suppliers and captures clean, vital flavours in such elegant dishes as twice-cooked pork belly with porcini mushrooms grown in the winery's limestone cave. The food sits comfortably beside matched Maxwell wines in a rustic, stone-walled space with views over vineyards. The room is dressed casual, with simple bare timber tables and chairs, while service is relaxed and friendly. The food is more serious, with highlights being slow-cooked saltbush lamb shoulder wrapped in prosciutto with peas, and a Nordic expression of cured ocean trout with dill and sharp white vinegar gel. For dessert, choose the lemon yoghurt, lime ice-cream and coconut meringue. Delicately textured and deftly combining tanginess with mellower flavours, it's a brilliant end to a memorable meal.
3 courses $60, 5 courses $80