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Royal Mail Hotel

Address
Address:
98 Parker Street
Dunkeld VIC 3294
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Contact:
Tel : +61 3 5577 2241
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License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$$$
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Awarded Three Chef Hats - The Age Good Food Guide 2012-2013
One of the most beautiful dining destinations, The Royal Mail Hotel is set in the beautiful surrounds of the Grampians. The restaurant serves creative modern food, influenced by cuisines from around the world. Dan Hunter’s restaurant tasting menu relies heavily on the heirloom and organic produce grown in the kitchen gardens, giving rise to a series of small, perfectly formed, dishes that capture purity of flavour while embracing a modern aesthetic.

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LOCATION
On the Glenelg Highway, Dunkeld, at the base of Mt Sturgeon in the Southern Grampians.

ROYAL MAIL HOTEL BISTRO
Diners on a bistro budget will love the Bistro at the Royal Mail Hotel, a more casual eatery to its revered sister-restaurant. Offering an a la carte menu that celebrates fine regional cuisine, there are a number of small plates to sample, as well as a number of wines by the glass from the hotels celebrated cellar.

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Dining at the Royal Mail Hotel may not be something you can afford very often, but it is certainly something that should be done at least once. It is such a complete experience, from the beauty of its country setting and gorgeous views to the creative modern menu that is inextricably linked to nature and the progression of the seasons. Dan Hunter’s restaurant tasting menu relies heavily on the heirloom and organic produce grown in the kitchen gardens, giving rise to a series of small, perfectly formed, dishes that capture purity of flavour while embracing a modern aesthetic. That’s not to say that these dishes are grandly esoteric – most often they are very simple. Hunter’s cooking is there to service the food rather than the other way around.

Menu items are described simply. The seasonal menu may feature dishes such as “cool climate vegetables, leaves, coffee, cocoa” or “pigeon, beetroot, white chocolate, rose’. There is a unique fusion of modern technique with a respect for produce, nature and seasonality. Give yourself time for this experience – the duration of the full menu is about three hours. The bistro features the same respect for its dishes as the restaurant does, but offers a less structured setting. The seasonal a la carte menu may offer cured ocean trout with orange, saffron and trout crackling; spaghetti with zucchini, almond and mint or slow-cooked lamb with stewed eggplant, beans, potato and thyme. The restaurant is also famed for its wine list, which features a carefully selected range of “village”, “vintage” and “international” wines.

Angela Costanzo
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 Two Chef Hats
The Age Good Food Guide Awards 2009-2011

 Country Wine List of the Year
The Age Good Food Guide Awards 2010

 Three Chef Hats
The Age Good Food Guide 2012-2013

 Best Restaurant Wine list
Gourmet Traveller 2012 Best Restaurant Wine list

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Royal Mail Hotel - User Reviews

Sarah:

This restaurant is nice but not 3 chef's hats worthy unfortunately. The service was a bit unprofessional (had to ask several times for water to be filled etc). And the some staff did not know much about the wine or the menu. The food was nice but not amazing. Certainly nothing you'd expect from a 3 chef hat restaurant. They do have an extensive and exotic wine list if you're a wine buff - sure to impress. I really, really wanted to like this restaurant but was left a bit disappointed.review  02/07/2012

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