Posted: Apr 09 2015
The Easter Long weekend is the perfect time to head interstate and catch up with the slightly neglected family. Of course in the essence of killing two birds with one stone we obviously had to catch up with them in the places where sustainable practices, fantastic produce and natural wines are king!
First up was Clever Polly's and a bottle of Domaine de Belluard's 100% Pur Jus, the wine was probably the best wine we had all weekend. Clever Polly's is always a place where we feel at home, the atmosphere is relaxed yet energetic, the food menu is small and well thought out, with an emphasis on produce and flavour. The wine list is awesome and the staff extremely knowledgeable, there are always a few gems to be found hidden in the Vintec. This is our perfect place for a cheeky bottle or two and a little pre-dinner snack or four.
After snacks we headed to Merricote in Northcote for a romantic birthday dinner. Merricote is a home away from home, the vibe is relaxed like being invited over to an old friend's place for dinner, the decor is mismatched, eclectic and comfortable. The food is packed with flavour and delightful combinations are put together with a homely feel. Bronwyn is probably one of the nicest people in the industry, and with her awesome team everything is easy, simple and delicious.
Unfortunately we only had one more stop on our 'eat too much' weekend, so this had to be lunch at Persillade. The space is open, light and airy, just what we needed after Bronwyn's hospitality the night before. Aidan and Tanya are a husband and wife team that own Persillade, they are passionate, sophisticated and cheeky. The wine list is extensive and we could have spent loads of time there drinking through it. However lunch with the family calls for a little restrain, so we landed on a bottle of Pat Sullivan's Breakfast Wine, a little Yarra Valley skin contact Sauvignon Blanc which is singing at the moment. The fettuccini with crab, confit tomato and seafood bisque special was outstanding!
With so little time we were only able to visit these three places (and of course the Art Gallery) however there are millions more we would have liked to have visited. We suppose there's always next time...