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Jim McDougall in Stefano’s Cellar
Modern Australian
  • Cellars of the Mildura Grand Hotel,
    Langtree Ave,
    Mildura, VIC
  • (03) 5022 0881,
  • Lunch Fri-Sat noon-2pm

    Dinner Tue-Sat 6.30pm-11pm

Jim McDougall in Stefano’s Cellar


The new name is clunky but that's the only downside to chef Jim McDougall truly making Stefano di Pieri's former restaurant his own. The atmospheric cellar with its warren of low-ceilinged, rough brick-walled rooms feels familiar, but distinct changes are apparent. Service, always pretty good, is sharper and more focused, particularly in relation to the trend-conscious and well-priced wine list. McDougall's food also seems more direct, enthusiastically embracing local produce in exciting ways, such as the kangaroo carpaccio curing on a Murray River salt block and teamed with a wild mustard ice-cream, or the Murray cod served with inland sea plants, or agnolotti of local smoked sheep's cheese with lamb sweetbreads. It's modern, technique-forward food but it never feels forced or flashy and often, say with a dessert of quince, spiced carrot purée and dried apricots, it's as lovely to look at as it is to eat.

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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • 2 course lunch $55, 3 course lunch $62, tasting menu $175 (Tues-Sat), reduced tasting menu $130 (Tues-Thurs, Lunch Fri-Sat) 

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Jim McDougall


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