Chef Alejandro Saravia is finally opening the doors to his long-anticipated Gippsland wonderland in the CBD, Farmer’s Daughters. Three years in the making and set over three epic levels, you can expect some seriously good grub at this place. Peruvian-born Saravia will be shining a light on one of Victoria’s most treasured gourmet zones and his adopted state, with seasonal, fresh food from the ocean to the mountains making their way onto your plate.
There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s start off on the ground floor. When you step into the iconic 80 Collins Street building, you’ll be greeted by the casual dining Deli—complete with an open kitchen, gourmet deli and retail pantry for all your foodie needs. Perfect for a catch up with all those pals you’ve been missing in 2020, the Deli menu is designed for sharing and celebrates the best of Gippsland. Look out for the lightly poached Baw Baw Alpine Trout with Mountain Pepper cream and a house-made beef cheek pastrami roll.
Head upstairs for the swanky restaurant which has been decked out in soft greens and greys, and reclaimed Gippsland timber. There’s an open kitchen fuelled by charcoal and fire, channeling those peaceful nights by the campfire—minus the mosquitos and camp chairs. The restaurant menu has been a collaborative effort between Saravia and his head chef David Boyle (Lake House), putting Gippsland suppliers front and centre in a fine-dining context.
These guys really know their audience, because the third and final floor is a rooftop bar. The rooftop oasis will feel like a slice of the countryside with an on-site herb garden and native Mountain Pepper trees. As for the drinks list, expect top-notch drops curated by Beverage Director Matthew Jensen (Vue du Monde, Atlas). Gippsland wines, beers and spirits to feature, as well as a range of signature cocktails. Many of the cocktails will be based around their exclusive Farmer’s Daughters Gippsland Vermouth, made especially for the venue in partnership with Maidenii. Doesn’t get much more exclusive than that.
Opening on Thursday 28 January Farmer’s Daughters will be your gateway to Gippsland, bringing the best of the region to you. Reserve your farm-to-table seat online.
In the meantime, check out Jerry Mai’s barbecue party at Ocean Eight Winery in the Peninsula.
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