After moving from the inner suburbs of Melbourne and being spoiled at many fine restaurants, our dining experience since moving closer to the Yarra Valley has often been disappointing. We chose Stones after sifting through reviews and trying to find a place with some atmosphere, as this is sometimes difficult. We were certainly not disappointed with our choice and when comparing to the finest restaurants in Melbourne, it certainly doesn't disappoint. I would go as far as to say, it is one of the best dining experiences I have ever had - and I'm very fussy. We had the degustation menu where you can choose to order your own wine, or to have it matched for you. Prices are $75 or $110 per head respectively. For this price you get 5 different dishes and they are all brilliant. We started with the Chilled tomato consomme which comes in a champagne flute and is breathtakingly good. Our waitress is incredibly efficient and certainly knows her stuff, wines throughout the meal were matched perfectly. Next we enjoyed the scallops which were melt in the mouth magnificent followed by the confit of chicken, herb gnocchi and sweet corn veloute - all perfect. The lamb rump (cooked to your liking) with soft polenta, piperade and courgette puree was lovely. We were served for dessert, a tart with creme fraiche, raspberry beignets and fresh raspberries - delightful. Finished off with coffee and a large satisfied sigh. The atmosphere of this place is wonderful, old stables just as the name suggests, and they have real character reminiscent of French Farmhouse style. Beautiful large windows and over sized doors with custom ironwork and of course, soaring ceilings. Other diners are seated away from you so their conversation doesn't ruin your evening, a welcome change. Soft music, flowers and candles all add to the wonderful atmosphere. The tables are large and chunky and the chairs very comfortable. This place is so good, it deserves every accolade it receives. Don't miss this delightful dining experience. We will return!
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