I’m a huge fan of Shannon Bennett so Piggery Cafe has always been on my list for a while. Finally having a chance to go on a hike with Ms Traveller, I suggested Piggery Cafe to refuel. Oh just an FYI, we couldn’t get reception up here so download your maps offline in case your GPS cuts off like ours did (we managed to find our way though). Anywho, there’s ample parking spots and we arrived on a chilly Sunday morning and as you reach the cafe, there’s a map to show whats around (we tried looking for the emus but they must be on vacay now). There are piggies here so definitely go say hey to them! Finally reaching the cafe, we found a huge queue. Since we opted for either inside or outside so we could get food in our bellies quicker and that definitely paid off. Within 5 minutes, we got a table outside next to the heater (SCORE!).
Aaah the Yarra Valley, who doesn’t love it? Beautiful wines and vineyard, beautiful trees and scenery and most importantly, beautiful food. Immerse Winery is located in Dixons Creek (practically in Yarra Valley) with beautiful surroundings and a beautiful rustic venue to match. With ample parking spots, there’s definitely a spot for everyone.
Yering Station is known for its view, winery and food so of course we had a girlies’ date there. We made a reservation 2 weeks in advance and there is ample of parking so you don’t have to worry about that. Our initial impression was WOW with the friendly front staff and how delish it smelt inside.
The Creative couple were in town and we decided to take them to Herd Bar & Cafe for lunch. We made a booking on a Sunday but it wasn’t really busy at all so we didn’t really need to make a booking. Nonetheless, we went inside and the staff were super duper friendly and the decor was just suave and very intimate. We were shown to our table and my gosh the options looked oh so delish.
The stooges were due for a catch up so we decided to visit Zonzo since well, we all love the yarra valley and we love our wines. We booked Zonzo a few weeks in advance and even then we were lucky to get a spot as it was super duper packed on the day. Also an FYI, you need to place a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold a reservation so be prepared for that. Anywho, the place is beautiful surrounded by a vineyard and just breathtaking scenery like everywhere else in the winery. When we arrived we were seated on a long communal table (yes, nearly all the tables were communal which was very community like which was nice) and started our ordering spree.
The stooges were sleeping over and of course we had to brunch in the Yarra Valley or Coldstream. I made a booking for Coombe, the Melba Estate and boy, was it beautiful. We got into the carpark and Coombe was hidden away behind these huge hedges. Once you step through the hedges, it was MAGNIFICENT! It was serene, it was gorgeous and best of all, it was classy!
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.
Mr D and I haven’t been out and about for a while so we decided to cash in one of his mate’s good food voucher at Olivigna since Miss Teeth has rated this place quite highly. We made a booking for a Saturday night and it was quite full when we arrived. A lot of parking, beautiful atmosphere and I bet a spectacular looking vineyard if we were to come in the daytime. Anywho, once we arrived, we were shown to our seat and I flicked through the menu quite quickly since I was super duper hungry! We were given the house bread and olive oil (grown from their olive grove) which was awesomely amazing!
Bread and Olive Oil from the Olive Grove