I recently had dinner at the Hogget Kitchen Restaurant in Warragul to celebrate one year of living in Noojee & what an absolute treat it was! Located a 40 minute drive from Noojee this is well worth a visit if you are staying anywhere in the local area. We are so lucky to have this amazing restaurant located in Baw Baw Shire.
The food was amazing & I particularly loved the simplicity of it all. The menu is not overly complicated with masses of choices but what is on offer is of the highest quality and beautifully presented for every course.
There are basically two main menu choices – $80 per person & have Trev (the owner & head chef) cook for you which includes 5 courses of yumminess, so no food envy as Trev decides on what you are going to eat (this is what we had & it was amazing)! Or $70 per person & you choose three courses from a small list of local offerings. It is very easy to tell there is a lot of love put into the food at Hogget Kitchen – it is ultra fresh, seasonal, full of locally grown ingredients with amazing attention to detail with every dish delivered to your table.
There is a simple philosophy about food at Hogget Kitchen which means the ingredients should be allowed to ‘speak’ for themselves. They use a nose to tail approach when it comes to all the meat they prepare and they do all the carving and butchering themselves in-house – ensuring the best possible cuts of meat with the least wastage. All the pickling, bottling, charcuterie, smoking, brining and more is also done by hand in-house – skills they are passing on to the staff to ensure these techniques for future generations of chefs.
As you can imagine bookings are a must & don’t delay as they are more often than not booked out!
What a treat it is to have Brandy Creek Estate just up the road from Noojee in Drouin East. We headed there for dinner recently and in one word it was fantastic!
The restaurant is situated above the vineyard and has views of the Baw Baw ranges across an olive grove. It is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and have delicious wine, in a relaxing atmosphere. The floor to ceiling glass windows brings in an abundance of natural light and the eye-catching Spanish themed decor makes it even more appealing. You can also sit by the fireplace, on cold days, while sipping on some of the famous Brandy Creek cool climate wines.
Brandy Creek Restaurant is known for Tapas, Paella Feasts and Brazilian Churrasco BBQs. The restaurant hosts a Paella Feast with live entertainment where they cook giant paella’s right in front of you! You can also enjoy a mouth-watering Brazilian flame grilled Churrasco BBQ every Friday at Brandy Creek Estate restaurant.
We had tapas and each dish was delicious and perfectly cooked. We were party of 3 and ordered 4 small dishes plus 2 large dishes which was the perfect amount of food for us. I was impressed with how the staff handled themselves particularly when there was some confusion over a dish which they fixed very quickly and without any fuss. We certainly thought the restaurant achieved great food, service and value for money the night we were there. It was fabulous!
I am yet to try out the Brandy Creek Day Spa but how awesome it is to have this escape for mind and body located just next door to the cellar door and restaurant. For the ultimate indulgence why not go for lunch & have a relaxing massage or facial before or after dining, the choice is yours!