Restaurant Reviews

Du Fermier: Restaurant review

Du Fermier

Address

42 High St
Trentham, VIC

Hours

Lunch Fri-Mon noon-3pm

Prices

3-course menu $70

REVIEW

Menu? Who needs one? Not Annie Smithers. She rustles up the day's spread with picked-that-day ingredients from her massive kitchen garden. Everything else - Suffolk lamb, duck, fish, Sher wagyu - comes from local suppliers who breed free-range and ethical meats. Do book if you want to secure a seat at one of the rustic tables in the welcoming restaurant. If it's summer, you may score a zucchini salad with cherry tomatoes, rocket and pan-seared blue eye. Courses arrive on one plate, ready to be dished up family style: medium-rare wagyu with a rich jus perhaps, on a bed of purple cabbage with buttery baked spuds and crunchy radish. "We've got a bottle of nebbiolio open," the switched-on waiters may inform you. Good idea.  Follow that with a perfect shortcrust pastry fruit pie and double cream. It's cooking with heart - dishes that appear 'simple' but are hard to get right. Want more? Pick up a copy of her latest cookbook on your way out.

Phone:
(03) 5424 1634

Bookings:
Bookings essential

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Annie Smithers

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.