Last weekend we packed our bags and headed to Beechworth in north eastern Victoria (about four hours from Canberra) for a weekend of wine and cheese. Visiting this area has been on my bucket list for ages so it was so nice to finally make the trip. We were staying in Beechworth but decided to make a detour through Rutherglen to visit All Saints Estate and eat at the one-hatted Terrace restaurant.
When you arrive at All Saints Estate you are greeted by a beautiful long drive way lined with elm trees that are currently a striking yellow. I imagine they will soon be bare as we head into the middle of winter. We arrived at about 1.15pm but our booking wasn’t until 2pm. Luckily, there is lots to do at All Saints Estate including a dedicated cheese factory. We also decided to do a wine tasting before lunch so we could choose which wine to have with our meal. We were both fans of the All Saints Estate Prosecco and the Shiraz.
The Terrace restaurant is literally located on the terrace to the cellar door. You can easily imagine how beautiful it would be in summer with the partitions up sitting in the open air looking over the vineyards. The menu at The Terrace is curated by Head Chef Simon Arkless and largely influenced by his European heritage. I had read other reviews online that said bookings were essential but the restaurant was very quiet when we were there. Considering it was a Friday in the middle of winter it is hardly surprising but I am glad we booked just in case. Our waitress was extremely warm and welcoming and let us choose where we would like to sit which is always nice for a blogger – lighting is king!
We had the option of two courses for $60 (with matching wines $80) or three courses for $80 (matching wines $110). We decided to share an entree and dessert and have our own mains. We also decided against matching wines as one of us needed to drive so both ordered a glass of the shiraz. Apparently a lot of people choose to do this and we weren’t made to feel “cheap” at all which is nice when you are dining at a fancy restaurant.
To start we were brought bread that had been baked at the restaurant that morning with smoked butter. So simple but so delicious. We were off to a good start. Our beetroot tarte tartin arrived next which was made of layered beetroot and flakey, buttery pastry accompanied perfectly with a goats cheese. We both really enjoyed this dish.
For the main I had the lamb cooked three ways, one of which was crumbed lamb belly which I had never had before and thoroughly enjoyed. The lamb is from the All Saints Estate property in true paddock to plate style. The lamb was accompanied by a pureed pea sauce that I could have drank out of a cup. Alesha had the pork belly which was perfectly tender and the skin crispy. We both agreed however that the lamb was the clear winner. We were also given more of the fresh bread to mop up the sauces.
We finished our meal with a rich hazelnut chocolate dessert with salted caramel. It really was the perfect end to a superb meal. Reading back over this review I sound like I am raving a little bit but I really cannot fault the whole experience we had at All Saints Estate and in particular the meal at The Terrace. We left very full and a bundle of wine, cheese and our own slab of smoked butter.
I highly recommend heading to All Saints Estate if you are ever in Rutherglen…. it is also a pretty perfect halfway point if you are driving between Canberra and Melbourne, the perfect excuse for a break from driving!