Graceburn Wine Room
Mac Forbes' Healesville cellar door now serves weekend dinners.
Graceburn Bistro is the perfect excuse for a drive to the Yarra Valley. The Healesville cellar door, wine bar and bistro is run by local winemaking legend Mac Forbes, with food by chef Kate Kilsby.
In the kitchen, Kilsby is celebrating simplicity with a one-page menu of unpretentious fare. It's seasonal, produce-driven and made to be shared, featuring the likes of sesame prawn toast with finger lime, duck breast cooked on the hibachi grill and roast pumpkin with tahini dressing. A three-course $50 menu is up for grabs on Thursday and a five-course $70 version on Friday and Saturday.
Forbes' own award-winning drops headline the wine list and are joined by a curated selection of bottles from both overseas and closer to home.
The space itself is intimate, with room for just over 30 diners, though it packs a punch in the design department at the hands of architect Zenta Tanaka (whose work you've seen at the likes of CIBI and Mina.no.ie).
Cellar Door and Wine Bar are open from 12–5pm Friday–Monday, the Bistro is open from 6pm Thursday–Saturday.
Images: Lizzie Halloran.
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