Whilst visiting friends affected by the recent terrible fires in the Laharum region, learned that Deirdre's, despite having their olive grove damaged by fire and having the firefront stop just metres from their home and restaurant little more than a week before, the owners had bravely re-opened to the public.
Despite the region's obvious fire devastation, we were surprised to see quite a lot of locals and non-locals filling the restaurant. They all appeared to be enjoying the ambience of the restaurant's industrial-styled interior, incredible location at the base of Mt. Difficult in the Grampians, friendly service and beautifully presented food.
The restaurant may be considered a bit remote, but it's not at all hard to find from the main Northern Grampians Road and a short drive through the bush road from the highway makes this place all the more surprising when you arrive.
A shortish menu using high-quality local produce was still difficult to decide to choose from as it all looked so good. Having decided upon the duck and lamb, we noticed another table being served a platter of local cheeses, cured meats, their own olives, and other goodies; we couldn't resist and changed our mind to ask 'we'll have what they're having'.
Along with a crisp, cold glass of local chardonnay, we thoroughly enjoyed our shared grazing platter, which was a generous serve for 2 as a light lunch. Later we shared a serve of dessert (pannacotta with strawberries drizzled in their own vanilla-infused olive oil), which was light and delicious.
Sitting and enjoying our time at Deirdre's, we chatted about all the people we know who we must take out there so we can enjoy this lovely place again!
For locals and non-locals alike, Deirdre's restaurant is a must-visit.