Restaurant Guide

Oakridge: Restaurant review

It’s a winery restaurant with all the trappings: vineyard views, a tasting room with spittoons, that “escaped the city” feeling.

Address

864 Maroondah Hwy,
Coldstream, VIC

Hours

Lunch Thu-Mon 11.30am-5pm

Prices

E $22
M $38-$45
D $18;
dégustations $70-$90

Some advice on Oakridge's desserts: order them. Jo Barrett, half of one of Australian dining's best double-acts with Matt Stone, does sublime sweet stuff, like the pistachio three ways served with apricot kernel crumble. But it's not just about a happy ending. Barrett is also responsible for this winery restaurant's superb sourdough bread and other baked highlights, such as the caraway croissant accompanying smoked trout, caviar and cultured cream, and the golden flaky pastry base of a mushroom tart with washed-rind cheese sauce. The room has glorious views of vineyards and distant hazy mountains, and there's a similarly impressive, estate-heavy wine list to match. Stone has been on the low-waste and low-food miles trail since the start of his career; almost everything on the menu is sourced close to home, beginning at the vegie patches and stretching to thrillingly fresh burrata made with local Jersey milk, superb chorizo or belly with shatter-crisp skin from neighbourhood pigs, or a snack of emu pastrami with pickled green almonds that's all Yarra Valley. Uncompromising? Sure. But it's also uncompromisingly delicious, which is the best kind of sustainability.
Phone:
(03) 9738 9900
Bookings:
Bookings essential
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Private room
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chefs:
Jo Barrett & Matt Stone
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.