Victoria by Farmer's Daughters
A love letter to the people and produce of Victoria's diverse regions, featuring a 3000-bottle wine library and a rotating 'region in residence' menu.
August 25, 2022
This ambitious venture by chef Alejandro Saravia follows the success of his 80 Collins Street restaurant Farmer's Daughters, which has cemented itself as a three-level celebration of the Gippsland region and its offerings.
Here in Fed Square, Saravia and the team are extending the love further afield, heroing the whole of Victoria and its diverse regions. Set overlooking the Yarra, the 250-seater is a tasty, multi-faceted homage to the produce, people and places that make up this state we call home.
The space itself celebrates our regional landscapes with its earthy colour palette, and a curation of homewares and art chosen to reflect a strong sense of place. A hand-carved, interactive 'Ingredients Table' displays some of the current menu's highlight produce, while the dedicated wine library features both a 20-seat space for masterclasses and tastings, and a collection of over 3000 bottles of Victorian wine. More local drinks love comes via an all-Victorian lineup of beer, wine and spirits.
Head Chef David Boyle's ever-evolving food offering hops right across the state, offering plenty of theatrical flair as ingredients are cooked over wood and charcoal. You'll find plates like the That's Amore stracciatella with mushroom vinaigrette and wild garlic ($24), memorable potato rösti teamed with avocado and cured Bass Strait scallop ($10), and a free-range pork kassler chop elevated with dark beer and roasted onion ($45).
Sugarloaf cabbage is barbecued then matched with saltbush and fromage frais ($38), an 800-gram dry-aged O'Connor ribeye is paired with a rocotto chili salsa ($160), and smoked duck is taken to new heights with the addition of bone marrow and duck fat gravy ($85).
Along with that fiercely seasonal a la carte menu, a second provenance menu rotates through a different 'region in residence' at any one time, specifically celebrating its produce, winemakers and chefs. The program's opening act is a spotlight on Ballarat and surrounds, backed by a calendar of focused tasting events and feasts throughout spring, 2022.
Images: Arianna Leggiero