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The Independent

The Independent
79 Main St Gembrook, VIC


Driving to Gembrook, you might expect home-spun country dining options until – like a mirage – The Independent appears. Suddenly, inspired Argentine food is a possibility. Hell, there’s even a small vegan menu. Housed in a refurbished garage with a kitchen garden, The Independent throws down share plates perfect for both a convivial family get-together (facilitated by coloured pencils and a cubby house) or an intimate date. The wine list sticks closely to Victorian and Argentine labels, providing interesting matches for entrées like a spice-punched chorizo, sweetened with prune purée, or empanadas with a lychee chilli jam. Heartier dishes include Flintstones-eque beef ribs with potatoes, fried chicken and even a suckling pig for those who plan ahead. Garden sides are no afterthoughts: think spiced, sticky carrots with peanuts. Sign off with an exuberant dessert, perhaps the chocolate marquise, piled with almond cake and dulce de leche.


(03) 5968 1110



Bookings recommended


  • Licensed

  • Bar

  • Vegetarian-friendly

  • Wheelchair Access

  • Outdoor dining

Accepted card types:

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Mauro Callegari

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

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

Wine: ★

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The Independent
79 Main St Gembrook, VIC
Mauro Callegari
Bookings recommended
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Wed-Sun noon-10pm

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