Restaurant Reviews

Brae: Restaurant review

As reviewed for our 2019 Restaurant Guide.


4285 Cape Otway Rd
Birregurra, VIC


Lunch Sat-Mon noon-2pm
Dinner Thu-Sat 6.30pm-10pm


Dégustation $240


There's a particular pleasure in watching a restaurant become more and more itself and, in so doing, become even more of a pleasure to visit. Brae is five now and performs like a brilliant orchestra, carrying diners along with harmony, skill and soaring moments that swell the heart. Conductor Dan Hunter strives ever onward in the kitchen. Grains are milled daily for the wood-fired sourdough that's as deserving of attention as any of the tweezered morsels. The menu is well-considered. You might start with raw diced prawn wrapped in nasturtium leaf, then move to dishes that surprise from conception to last nibble, say, roast beetroot partnered with honeycomb, trout roe and eel doughnut. The food is backed up by service that's so intuitive you're inclined to suspect psychic abilities and the drinks are a thrilling subplot. There's art, intelligence and humour threaded through it all.
(03) 5236 2226
Bookings essential
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Dan Hunter
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.