The Lakeside Mill
Modern Australian
The Lakeside Mill

What's a restaurant like you doing in a place like this? Not to besmirch the good name of Pakenham, but the Mill is an oasis of finely tuned restaurant values in a 'hood where pizza joints and chicken shops rule the roost. The upmarket breakfast/brunch zone goes haute at night, when a menu from rising star chef Jake Kellie delivers dishes as dramatic as anywhere in Melbourne. An opening salvo of snacks, a lozenge of pickled juniper with lemon verbena powder and bronze fennel among them, sets the mood and the next five courses hold the pace. A chicken "lollipop" stuffed with chicken mousse and sticky with jus gras keeps things light, while Balmain bug tortellini in kelp broth with nublets of smoked eel hits a refined note. Whether it's a braised lamb tart topped with discs of white beetroot and fried lemon thyme, or a classic orange marmalade soufflé and toasty sourdough ice-cream, Kellie pulls out all stops. Pakenham ahoy.

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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $10-$14

    M $26-$40

    D $14-$16

    Dégustation $80

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Jake Kellie


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