Restaurant Reviews

Paringa Estate: Restaurant review

Paringa Estate


44 Paringa Rd
Red Hill South, VIC


Lunch Wed-Sun noon-2.30pm
Dinner Fri-Sat 6.30pm-8.30pm


2 courses $65
3 courses $80
Dégustations $80-$110


With a graphic-design degree tucked up the sleeve of his chef's whites, Julian Hills brings an artist's sensibility to the kitchen, balancing flavours, texture and pops of colour. And thanks to a smart revamp, Paringa's interiors now match that contemporary aesthetic. Rich timbers, a black leather banquette and charcoal carpet bring a fresh level of refinement to a light-filled dining room, overlooking Paringa's vineyard and winery. Browse rare back vintages from the estate's cellar on the exceptional wine list. Then take your pick of Hills' assured dishes, perhaps spanner crab, crisp chicken skin and sautéed grains, loosely bound with jus and a confit duck yolk, or duck breast with pickled quince and a kataifi-wrapped cigar of braised leg meat. Pretty desserts draw from the region's bountiful orchards in dishes such as smoked apple mousse with wattleseed ice-cream and jube-like nubs of roasted quince.

(03) 5989 2669

Bookings recommended


  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Julian Hills

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