Mr D’s birthday means a celebration was in order and we didn’t want to go anyway too far so after a few googles, I decided on Eleonore’s Restaurant at Yering Chateau. Unfortunately, this restaurant is opened at night so we couldn’t enjoy the beautiful scenery that Yering had to offer (just means that we’ll just have to come back again!). Anywho, we made a booking on a Sunday night at 6:30PM and there weren’t a lot of people there. The decor is very old Victorian and it was a bit dull and dreary but had a lot of warmth. The staff were so friendly and showed us to our seat.
So Eleonore’s do not do a la carte, you have a choice of 2 or 3 courses for $85 or $98 respectively. Another bad point, they also have a surcharge of 10% on weekends and public holidays (that’s when people would come to visit!). Mr D got the crab and corn and the ravioli had A LOT of crab which is always a plus in my books. However, he did find the ravioli skin to be quite chewy, the dish itself wasn’t chili and it need a touch more seasoning.
Crab and Corn
Crab ravioli, corn veloute, dashi butter, chili oil
I’m a big fan of seafood and of course gravitated towards the scallops. I was also disappointed with this dish and found that the scallops were overcooked and weren’t juicy or plump.
Scallops and Peas
Seared scallops, black rice, sake cream, pea puree
For mains Mr D got the Chicken and mushrooms and this was lovely. The chicken was tender and not dry at all and it made up for the entrees. Very flavourful and droolsworthy.
Chicken and Mushroom
Corn fed chicken, celeriac, sprouts, spiced carrots
I got the potato and zucchini and this was AMAZEBALL! The gnocchi were soft like clouds and the whole dish complemented one another with awesome sauce flavours. Definitely a must try if you come here.
Potato and Zucchini
Gnocchi, mushroom ragout, truffle and thai basil
Finally, we got sides to go with our mains – winter greens and roasted kipfler potato. The greens were lovely and crunchy but needed a touch more salt. The potatoes had a slight crispy skin but also found that it needed a touch more seasoning to it.
Winter Greens and Roasted Kipfler Potato
Eleonore’s disappointed us in the entrees but they stepped up their game with their mains. I absolutely adored the gnocchi and so did Mr D. But overall, we found more cons than pros with Eleonore’s but the service and staff were amazing. Sorry Eleonore’s but we might check out the other eateries at Yering Chateau.
Mr D and I received 25% off the bill with the Entertainment Book at Eleonore’s. If you are interested in purchasing the Entertainment Book for loads (and I mean LOADS) of awesome sauce foodie discounts and 20% of memberships sold will go to Sane Australia, just click here.