Restaurant Reviews

Oakridge: Restaurant review

Oakridge

Address

864 Maroondah Hwy,
Coldstream, VIC

Hours

Lunch Thu-Mon 11.30am-3pm

Prices

E $22
M $38-$49
D $18
2 courses $70; 3 courses $85

REVIEW

Oakridge does 'nice winery restaurant' perfectly but that's only the beginning of its allure. There's good wine, a calm dining room overlooking vines, and service that makes long lunches easy. What startles is the food. Jo Barrett and Matt Stone are so anchored in the Yarra Valley that each menu reveals the region in new and delicious ways. Kangaroo shoulder is magicked into a glossy brick of rich, shredded meat topped with a Thai-style slaw of finger lime, yacon and preserved chillies. Nutty rye pappardelle is tossed with mushrooms and a creamy sauce of whey and Jerusalem artichoke. Desserts, Barrett's specialty, balance comfort and quirk. Creamed rice is laced with eucalyptus and served with a heady salad of native fruits. This is food that takes a position – strictly regional, avowedly sustainable – but displays equally fanatical devotion to diner enjoyment.

Phone:
(03) 9738 9900

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Outdoor dining
  • Private room

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Matt Stone & Jo Barrett

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