Arquilla regional partners celebrated
Gourmet Traveller has just released their list of Victoria's best wine country restaurants and we are honoured that two of our partner restaurants, Simone's on the Great Alpine Road, and The Healesville Hotel have been selected.
Simone's, described by Gourmet Traveller as "one of the country's loveliest Italian outposts", with a wine list that features "outstanding examples from Italy" is a standout regional food and wine destination. Operated by husband and wife duo George and Patrizia Simone since 1986 its longevity is largely due to their approach of merging old with new with modern twists happily applied to traditional cuisine. Expect to see beautiful examples of classic meets contemporary flavours, such as those found in their golden-skinned quail with preserved hen's yolk, topped with pork infused breadcrumbs and a side of wild blackberry jam.
Ever the champion of local produce, Simone's uses what is seasonally available in north-eastern Victoria and gives it an Italian spin. Combined with service that is informed and full of country hospitality, Simone's is a true gem that is well worth a visit.
The Healesville Hotel is another great example of a regional restaurant celebrating the best seasonal and local produce. Located right in the heart of the Yarra Valley, the restaurant operates with a menu that is short, sharp and well thought out. On weekends, the white linen and quality glassware appears as the space morphs into Quince, a restaurant focused on Modern Australian cuisine. Yarra Valley salmon, Yeringberg lamb and vegetables from the owners' farm are just some of the delights that feature regularly on the menu.
Congratulations to Simone's and The Healesville Hotel for this wonderful recognition. We are truly delighted to partner with such fine establishments.