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Sweetwater Cafe

Chateau Yering Hotel
42 Melba Highway
Yering VIC 3770
Tel : +61 3 9237 3333
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$$$
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Sweetwater Café at the iconic Chateau Yerring country house hotel is the more informal of the two eateries on the property, but is certainly no less of a gem to the Yarra Valley. With enviable views of the gardens and smart, contemporary cooking, diners can savour a long leisurely lunch or afternoon tea after they tour the grounds of the charming estate.

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Chateau Yering is a wonderfully glamorous country house hotel, originally built as a house by one of the early families in the area. Apparently it was the place to be seen in the 19th century. These days, as a hotel, it has function rooms and two restaurants of which Sweetwater is the more informal cafe open only for breakfast and lunch. The name Sweetwater tells a bit of the Chateau's history: it was one of the first varieties of grape planted on the property. The cafe is set in a kind of conservatory, so that it's filled with light and seems to be in the middle of the great gardens. This is a good place to bring anyone interested in gardens, plants, flowers or food.

The lunch menu is small but well designed, with a mixture of classics and lesser known dishes. The dips are a great way to start lunch. When we ordered them, three different mounds of colour and flavour were presented on a white rectangular plate - tzatziki, eggplant, and pumpkin - all freshly made. The Caesar salad is a reminder of how good it can be, the changing tasting plate is always a cleverly thought-out combination of flavours, and there might also be slow-cooked chicken on the cards, served with baked polenta and the intense Mediterranean flavours of tomato, capsicum and olives. Ask the waiters what cut the char-grilled steak of the day is. For morning or afternoon tea, there is a delicious range of pastries and unusually good selection of teas and infusions. Be aware that bookings are essential for breakfast, and strongly recommended at other times.

Rita Erlich
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