336 Maroondah Highway
Healesville VIC 3777
Tel : +61 3 5962 6111
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Take a winery, add coffee roasting, a bakery, cheese room, pizza oven, good beer, great wine, smart food – and this is what you get. The eating area of Healesville's Giant Steps is big, bright and noisy when it’s weekend-busy, and luckily it's also good-humoured.
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The sun always shines here, or so it seems, because the large dining area is always full of light and delicious things. Yes, this is a winery, and you can see the big tanks from the tables. But there’s so much more to it – a coffee roaster, a bakery, a pizza oven, even a cheese room. The eating area is big, bright and noisy when it’s weekend-busy, and luckily it is also good-humoured.
Eat first. If you’re around before noon there are breakfasty things, but after 12pm try some of the antipasto dishes: olives, Italian prosciutto crudo, and marinated ocean trout. Share a pizza (perhaps the caramelised onion, pancetta and fontina cheese), try a middle-eastern or Thai beef salad, or perhaps a curry cooked in the wood-fired oven. The menu is flexible, and everything on it is of a high quality and served with a smile. Check out the wines and especially the individual vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, best enjoyed with a wedge of cheese. Don’t forget the Turkish delight to go with excellent coffee. When you leave, pack some wine, one of the great house-baked loaves, and a couple of cakes for later.
Rita Erlich, November 2007
WEDNESDAY SPECIAL To kickstart the end of the week come into Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander and indulge in a wood-fired pizza and a Little Creatures Pale Ale pint (568ml) all for just $25.