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Woodland House
Modern Australian
  • 78 Williams Rd,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9525 2178,
  • Lunch Thu, Fri & Sun noon-4.30pm

    Dinner Tue-Sat 6.30pm-9pm

Woodland House

When Thomas Woods and Hayden McFarland reopened Jacques Reymond as Woodland House at the start of 2014, they demonstrated respect for the three-decade history of their alma mater and trust in the future of fine dining. The décor has been freshened, but the Victorian mansion is still ever so grand, the wine list a procession of high-rankers (and a few upstarts), and the service wryly formal. The menu now leans more to Europe than to Asia and is less busy and more playful than that of its predecessor. Texture and technique are to the fore in dishes such as braised pork that's both dainty and rich, charred eel morsels that anchor multiple preparations of cucumber and tomato, and duck and cherry assiette with pink breast, crisp tongue and pastry-wrapped thigh. Innovations include a courtyard interlude for ice-cream, but the redoubled commitment to the art of formality is equally impressive.

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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • 4-8 courses $90-$140

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Chefs Thomas Woods & Hayden McFarland



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