38 Melba Highway
Yering Station is sleek and daunting with its gorgeous wooden panelling and glass panes.
Expansive views on a cloudier day.
A room for a lavish private affair.
The curved arc of the ceiling, the tall glass windows which overlooks endless greenery is impressive. And yet I feel the dining room lacks warmth, one that Bella Vedere exudes. Perhaps a different story at night.
Bubbly to start with.
Olive bread. I didn’t like the accompaniment - a powdery spice with sesame seeds.
Tataki of Wagyu Beef, Kipfler, Kalamata and Anchovy Salad & Parmesan Tuile ($24)
The tataki was divine. The wagyu slivers were beautifully tender and the marbling was exquisite, enhanced by an aromatic truffle oil that was drizzled over the kipfler potatoes, creamy and soft.
Panko and Olive Crumbed Veal Rib with Summer Vegetables & Marsala Jus ($39)
This was probably my least favourite. I found the panko crumb quite thick, and the veal rib to be rather dry. The marsala jus was on the sweet side and did not complement the veal.
Baby Snapper, Prawn Cocktail & Creme de Cuvee Fumet ($38)
The snapper was beautifully golden and fresh. The prawn cocktail was crunchy and sweet. Both of the creamy accompaniments enhanced the dish.
Eye Fillet with Asparagus and Horseradish Remoulade, Gribiche Croquette & Taragon Jus ($39)
Medium rare, juicy and deliciously pink on the inside.
You can’t have desserts without coffee.
Raspberry Sable, Chantilly Cream & Raspberry Curd ($16)
Sable is sand in french, hinting at the texture of the layers of buttery shortbread like tiles separated by fresh raspberries and chantilly cream. The raspberry curd was hidden beneath the white chocolate dome.
Smoked Chocolate Tart with Sour Cherry Sorbet ($16)
Both desserts were rather disappointing. I had higher hopes for the chocolate tart. Barely touched, no one was partial towards the smokiness of the chocolate, and it didn’t have the satisfying smooth creaminess, but rather a thicker grainier texture. The icy cherry sorbet and the accompanying dark cherries provided slight relief.
Two shiny helicopters parked on the green just outside. You could hear them from inside, and they certainly caught everyone’s eye as they flew overhead.
And after lunch, one can’t help but wander over to the cellar door, to peruse through the gourmet delights, gorgeous wines and delectable brownies.