I have stayed at Chateau Yering a number of times and they never cease to impress me!
This time, we had 2 days in Chateau Yering for the first part of our honeymoon and as our preferred homebase for exploring the Yarra Valley.
On arrival we enquired about a wine tour and a local tour operator was organised for the following day - GrapeEscape. We then dined in Sweetwater Cafe and were impressed by what was supposed to be casual fare - we both ordered the Char-grilled Black Angus Sirloin and it was impeccably cooked! My request for some french green beans was met with warmth and promptly bought to the table.
That evening we dined in Eleonore's Restaurant and had the chance to take the 5 course degustation menu. Executive Chef Mathew Macartney could not have delighted our palette more! In 2009, he won The Age Good Food Guide Awards 2009 - One Chef's Hat Winner*** however, having dined frequently with many of London and Paris's best chefs, I believe he should have a place standing firmly beside them.
For anyone who shares a love of gastronomy, Matthew's love of local produce and passion for travel brings inspiration from the 4 corners of the world to each course. The setting - an elegant fine dining restaurant - the perfect location for families and couples alike - that overlooks the property.
We were delighted by Charcoal Wagyu Fillet, Saddle of Yarra Valley Rabbit, Smoked Duck Breast and the John Dory Fillet. For dessert I chose the Cheese whilst my husband selected the Strawberry and Elderflower Consommé with Pound Cake Croutons. An excellent selection of local and international wines were also on offer. The sommelier provided some excellent recommendations that perfectly complemented our menu.
Now already you can see we are having a truly fabulous experience.... but to top it off, we had watched a tv show in London that mentioned Chateau Yering and their cooking lessons!
On arrival, we had enquired about a cooking demonstration with the Head Chef to which they said "it doesn't exist". Clearly we had crossed our wires somewhere. We then asked the chef as we wandered into our room. He said that they really did not exist - but he would kindly organise this experience!
We had an idea to go out and catch some local trout with a local fisherman, but noone it seems got out of bed before 9am for such an event. Instead, Matthew sourced some fresh trout for us locally, his team set up the bbq on the balcony and Matthew spent more than an hour taking us through 2 courses that we could easily prepare when we are back in London - 1 local trout nicoise salad and another - a delicious smoked duck breast!
Having attended cooking schools including L'atelier des Chefs in London and food nights with Raymond Blanc and Hélène Darroze, I believe this is one chef that should have his own cooking show or cooking school!
You can see Matthew's profile here: http://www.chateauyering.com.au/dining-chef.asp. Interestingly his team tend to follow him from establishment to establishment.
He took us through step by step for each dish and my husband even had an opportunity to assist the chef.
Our lunch was served on the balcony as each dish was prepared with matched wines - and we could not have imagined a more perfect afternoon!
During dessert, having heard the history of the wine cellar, we asked the Head Sommelier if we could have a viewing. He kindly took us down into the cellar and gave us a brief history of the cellar and some insight into the wine investments that Chateau Yering have made for their guests in advance. The winelist is truly extensive - and I was very impressed to see the large number of Vintage local wines in stock.
A big thank you Chateau Yering for making our honeymoon a truly memorable experience and a big thank to Matthew and his team !!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chateau Yering Hotel a Victorian Mansion built in 1854 and restored to 1997 is set in the heart of the Yarra Valley, Victoria's premier wine region. Chateau Yering Hotel is a gracious five star hotel featuring 32 luxurious suites individually decorated with antiques and fine furnishings. This welcoming property offers unsurpassed fine dining in Eleonore's Restaurant while Sweetwater Cafe serves breakfast daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Yering Historic Hotel
- Chateau Yering Historic Melbourne
- Chateau Yering Hotel Yarra Valley