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Now Open: Abbotsford Convent's New Garden Restaurant Julie Delivers Fresh Seasonal Delights in a Charming Setting

Abbotsford Convent's latest culinary addition is dishing up a produce-driven menu in a chill, unpretentious scenic setting.
By David Allegretti
October 24, 2023
By David Allegretti
October 24, 2023

Abbotsford Convent has welcomed a new member to its culinary family. Introducing Julie, a seasonal garden restaurant that seamlessly blends elevated bistro vibes with the rustic charm of its historic surroundings.

Run by the minds behind Cam's Kiosk, and led by chef and namesake Julieanne Blum, Julie is well worth adding to your must-try list on vibe alone. With six years as Head Chef at Cam's Kiosk under her belt, Blum brings her passion for quality ingredients and simple yet delicious food to the ever-changing menu.

The atmosphere at Julie is a relaxing blend of a dinner party buzz and a cosy country pub. With seating for 50 indoors and an additional 30 outdoors, it's intimate without feeling cramped.

Anna Clifford, a familiar face from Cam's Kiosk and Public Wine Shop, takes the lead in front of house, while the kitchen sees new Head Chef Stephannie Liu bringing her international expertise from stints in Copenhagen and Paris.

Let's talk wine. Curated by Claudelle Savannah, the list is an ode to the team's favourite producers, both local and international — from easy-drinking options for the wine novice to rare finds for the aficionado.

A big part of Julie's charm is its commitment to seasonality and sustainability, showcased by its vegetable garden within the Convent, as well as its relationship with the nearby Collingwood Children's Farm, from which it also sources ingredients.

A sip of orange wine, a plate of octopus ragu and the idyllic setting of Abbotsford Convent — it's the simple things. See you at Julie.

Julie is open Thursday–Saturday from 12pm–10pm and Sunday from 12pm–6pm. Find it at 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford.

Published on October 24, 2023 by David Allegretti
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