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Racine at La Colline
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Ranked #21 of 139 Restaurants in Orange
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
North Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Treat yourself.”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Racine was recommended from the Good Food Guide (Sydney Morning Herald) as one of the star regional restaurants, and we took advantage of a stay in Organge to dine here. Booking on Dimmi was an advantage, and staff were kind enough to call to ensure we would find our way. GPS doesn't pick up the Lake Canabolas Road as being in Orange, which mucks up the navigation. It isn't hard to find, about 5-10 minutes drive from the outskirts of Orange on the Cargo Road, with Lake Canabolas Road clearly marked, and Racine clearly sign posted after that. The ambience was good, candle lit enough for lighting not to be a problem. The front of room staff on this night were just slightly unsettled, I think because patrons arrived on mass, rather than on booking time, which might have allowed them a little breathing space. Wait staff were still attentive, however.

We chose the five course degustation, which had duck that was not available for the three course meal. The starter course was a mushroom, swede, and poached egg soup, with strong mushroom flavours, a sweet clear broth, and a perfectly poached egg. Unfortunately I am not a particular fan of sweet soups. The second course was a scallop, honey dew melon, and black pudding, which was a rish and lovely combination. The third course was pork belly, pork cheeck, and pork neck, with brocollini and prunes. The cube of pork belly was unctuous and perfectly sized, as any bigger would have been challenging. The fourth dish was duck breast richer than foie gras stuffed with freshly churned butter. Desert was a delightful caramel parfait, dark chocolate ice cream, crushed nuts for texture, panacotta and toffee. We didn't have the matching wines, though I would have with a taxi (there were plenty of people choosing this option).

This was a rich, rich meal, perfectly portioned and with perfectly timed courses. Despite their slight disquiet, the staff were attentive and professional. This is certainly an experience that seriously requires your attention when in Orange.

Visited September 2013
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179 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Top Quality dining but inconsistencies”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We had a table of 9 for a Saturday night dinner and chose the three course option (for $75 per head.) There was a list of 12 or so courses to choose from - mostly savoury but 3 sweets and you could choose any three. All in our group chose two savoury and 1 sweet dish. Some of the food was outstanding but other dishes fell short of expectations which is a little disappointing in a "hatted" restaurant. For example, the venison was outstanding - tasty, texturally interesting in perfectly cooked, but those in our group who had the beef were all disappointed in the dish - very chewy and not supported by suitable additions. The desserts were interesting and very good while the service excellent and professional. The wine list was good but naturally, fairly expensive.

  • Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Nice country restaurant”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Racine is a situated behind someone's house in a converted shed, which surprized us as we drove up the driveway. The friendly staff greeted us as we walked in without a booking for a Saturday lunch.
It was all very pleasant. The room is nice and spacious and the service is what you'd expect from country town, friendly and accommodating. The meals were also enjoyable but perhaps not as big as I was expecting. I was still a bit hungry but we were on a tight schedule and couldn't order anything further.
A nice country restaurant worth a visit (just need to stay longer to order more food, if you are hungry).

Visited August 2013
Thank Isabella H
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“Definitely one of the best”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

We had a table of 10 for a leisurely Sunday lunch. The menu was very inventive and although not large, we all agreed that there were several meals you would like to try. All ten of us enjoyed our meal and thought it was up there with the best we have had. The value was good and the wines excellent. We also commented that the waiter couldn't have been more helpful. Not often that there was not one thing to complain about. We'll be back to Orange in the near future.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank GJB66
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149 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“A special dining experience”
Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is for those who want to take there dining experience to the next level. It's sophistication and refinement is special and worth lingering over..

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank GregMM
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