The Independent
The Independent

Driving to Gembrook, you might expect home-spun country dining options until - like a mirage - The Independent appears. Suddenly, inspired Argentine food is a possibility. Hell, there's even a small vegan menu. Housed in a refurbished garage with a kitchen garden, The Independent throws down share plates perfect for both a convivial family get-together (facilitated by coloured pencils and a cubby house) or an intimate date. The wine list sticks closely to Victorian and Argentine labels, providing interesting matches for entrées like a spice-punched chorizo, sweetened with prune purée, or empanadas with a lychee chilli jam. Heartier dishes include Flintstones-eque beef ribs with potatoes, fried chicken and even a suckling pig for those who plan ahead. Garden sides are no afterthoughts: think spiced, sticky carrots with peanuts. Sign off with an exuberant dessert, perhaps the chocolate marquise, piled with almond cake and dulce de leche.

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $12-$28

    M $33-$67

    D $11-$18

    Dégustations $58-$72

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
  • Cards:
  • Eftpos
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Mauro Callegari


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