Restaurant Reviews

Woodland House: Restaurant review

Woodland House

Address

78 Williams Rd
Prahran, Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Lunch Thu, Fri & Sun noon-3pm;
Dinner Tue-Sat 6.30pm-10pm

Prices

4-6 courses $90-$130
(available Tue-Thu);
Tasting menus $135-$165

REVIEW

Woodland House is a quiet champion of finer Melbourne dining. The service is witty and warm, and its two chefs have made a restaurant they took over from their mentor, Jacques Reymond, their own. The grey-walled dining rooms of the Victorian mansion are cosseting and contemporary. Shelves heave with decanters for a wine list deep in vintages and local treasures. Expect refined food, and an exemplary tasting menu (for vegetarians, too). Poached Murray cod and spanner crab come dressed with smoky soured cream. Tender grilled octopus accompanies a tranche of corn-fed duck, its skin a crackly veneer. Cape Grim short-rib paired with butter-burnished witlof and crowned with fried ginger surrenders at the touch of a fork. For dessert, vanilla and chestnut parfait sandwiched with sesame wafer leaves little room for excellent petits fours, on the House.

Phone:
(03) 9525 2178

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Hayden McFarland & Thomas Woods

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