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“not worth it the second time”

Royal Mail Dining Room
Ranked #2 of 7 Restaurants in Dunkeld
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $123
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: The Royal Mail Hotel Dining Room has been awarded '2 hats' by the Age Good Food Guide 2015 & 2016. The Dining Room serves innovative, seasonally driven menu that draws from the extensive organic kitchen garden - reputed as the largest and most productive restaurant kitchen garden in Australia. The Dining Room wine list has been awarded 'Best Hotel Wine List, worldwide, by Fine Wine UK. The cellar houses over 26,000 bottles and wines can be served matched to each course of the five or eight course chefs tasting menus.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“not worth it the second time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

A couple of years ago my husband and I ate at the Royal Mail bistro purely because we were staying in Dunkeld at the Southern Champions Cabins. We had a great time and thought we should organise our other friends to come and stay for a few days and enjoy.
Two years later that's what happened and we were very disappointed. The menu was listless to say the least and it was very hard to make choices.
At $90 per head for 2 courses, a pre dinner drink and a glass of wine we were VERY disappointed

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank timewatcher0
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Were expecting a lot more!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

The restaurant is not designed with families in mind. In the end we felt very uncomfortable in the restaurant so decided to get room service instead.

Visited November 2012
Thank Alex L
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

In June, a friend and I arranged to stay for 2 days at the Royal Mail in Dunkeld. We, immensely enjoyed our degustation meal with matched wines. Especially, the entrees were spectacular. My friend had the Vegetarian choice however, my courses were with meat, yet most of the courses were also mostly Vegetarian based. We enjoyed each course, there was nothing we didn't like. At times, the wine matching, though surprising, felt it was too intense and overpowered some of the very delicate flavours of the food. Yet, it was all good and this should not be a criticism, as palate is such a personal thing. Service was very friendly and relaxed, also the ambiance of the dining room is spacious, perhaps a tad 'cool', yet it was cosy, as outside the winter weather wasn't so nice. Breakfast the next morning, was in my opinion a bit plain. I expected freshly baked rolls, or croissants but it didn't taste as such. Coffee was, sorry not what should be expected at this level and there wasn't much choice either. I also ate lunch and dinner at the pub twice, which was very tasty and probably better than most pub lunches I ever ate. There's the open fire place in the pub, it is warm and the atmosphere is very friendly. All in all, I enjoyed my stay at the Royal Mail. I will rate the Hotel separately. Thank you for making this a good experience.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank lebedaslebenjetzt
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Not worth a detour”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

We went to Dunkeld because we had heard that the Royal Mail Hotel was worth visitng for a meal, and on the strength of its self-trumpeted wine list.
There are two places to eat at the hotel, the restaurant and the bistro, two sides of the same room. You have to pass through one to get to the other, as do all the waiters. It felt like a corridor in a train.
Table was sticky and tacky. It was offset from the light above it so reading the menu was difficult, and so close to a window that one chair would not fit under the table, and the occupant almost had to sit on the corner.
Menu was interesting, wine list was some 80 pages. The waitress said the sommelier would come and assist us with our wine choices, but after 10 minutes waiting (there were few other diners on a Tuesday in Spetember) we had made our choices without his help, at which he appeared miffed.
Food was good, but the pigeon salad with the pigeon's feet still attached alarmed the two women in our party.
Overall, not worth the trip. $250 for 3 people.

  • Visited September 2013
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“Thumbs up for the Front Bar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

Have previously eaten in the restaurant. Was happy with this high end dining experience, but recently loved the ambience of the log fire in the front bar on a cool Sunday evening after a few walks around Halls Gap. The front bar scotch fillet, minestrone, and kids fish and chips all hit the mark. Stubbies and blue singlets are probably not the go in this Front Bar. Admittedly there is nothing wrong with your good old honest stubbies & bluey front bar that sends out a parmy and pint on a budget, but this place positions itself as a benchmark of what a front bar can be if the punters are prepared to put their hard earned on the plate, rather than the Dapto Dogs.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Tuckersearch
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