Quality Inn Latrobe Convention Centre
5601 Princes Highway
Traralgon, VI 3844
Phone: (61) 3 51737500
Fax: (61) 3 51749576
If you ever wanted to visit a bakery that is a dream to experience, then Beechworth Bakery is the place for you. The Bakehouse here is in complete view of the cafe, so come and watch the delicious bread being prepared right in front of your eyes! Be sure to call to find out when they open and close, since it varies from season to season.
With the amount of breweries you could chose from, this place is definitely a lavish, yet whimsical place to start. White Rabbit Brewery's main theme to their establishment is the imagery from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Moreover, their interpretation of brewing is unique in Australia. The brewery is located next to Giant Steps of the winery's impressive cellar door, where you can taste beers and craft beers, not to mention scrumptious, fresh food produced onsite. Be sure to call ahead to book tours, since they are by appointment only.
Paramparaa knows how to spoil their customers. They have oven-fresh Indian breads, tandoori (specially baked in clay ovens), rich curries, vegetarian and non-vegetarian items: all with the right mix of spices. With a wonderful variety of cuisines this place offers, Paramparaa definitely aspires to provide the best in Indian cuisine in a contemporary setting.
Sherbrooke is a suburb with lots of parks, gardens and big manicured lawns. Set amidst this is Woods Sherbrooke– a café, restaurant, gallery, accommodation venue and reception center all in one. The formal restaurant area doubles up as an art space, with exhibits from local artisans adorning the walls. One can simultaneously appreciate art and fine Modern Australian cuisine. If you prefer something informal, there is the café and garden area for light meals. With intimate settings and old English gardens it is also a popular wedding venue. If you're after a romantic hideout, check out their spa cottage.
When it comes to eating in the Dandenong Ranges, Devonshire teas and country pies are a must-try. Serving both, but more famous for their award winning pies (13 medals since 1996), Pie in the Sky offers the best traditional pies and an exotic range of gourmet pies – Korma, Tandoori, Rendang. The pies are great for two reasons. One, they have the best flaky puff pastry, homemade and baked fresh daily. Two, instead of mince, you get real meat in bite-size chunks. Dining in costs more, but with salad or chips, your meal is complete.
Situated in beautiful Sassafras, Flippin' Pancakes is a quaint restaurant styled like a Tudor cottage. The interior features a fireplace, well placed lamps and a rich earthy color decor, lending it a homey, rustic feel. The restaurant seats around 130 people inside and about 20 outside. The service is excellent and very friendly. As the name suggests, they specialize in pancakes—sweet, savory and vegetarian. Their Saucy Bird pancake comes highly recommended. Named after cartoon characters, the kids menu with items like Winnie the Pooh and 3 Little Pigs will surely put a smile on your child's face. If pancakes aren't your thing, you will still be spoiled for choice with their non-pancake options including rack of lamb, risottos, and curries. Call ahead for more details.
It is fair to say that people visit Fortnums not so much for the food as for the view and setting. It is a typical English place serving scones and English fare for lunch, but with colonial windows surrounding the dining room, you are guaranteed a view of the Dandenong Ranges or neighboring gardens wherever you sit. There is an outdoor veranda (about 8 tables), where your dining experience comes accompanied with birds chirping in the background. The main draw of the place is the garden at the back. On a clear day, you get an unobstructed view of the Melbourne city skyline.
A relaxed, cozy tearoom in the hills, this is where you go for home-cooked meals and good old country service. Black Kettle Tearooms is great for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. The breakfast options are astounding, with 23 items including French toast, pancakes, bacon and egg sandwiches. Though breakfast is served all day, they also have good lunch options like gourmet hamburgers, antipasto platter, and risottos. The staff are very friendly and obliging, and they will even prepare special meals if nothing they offer suits. Everything here is homemade,including the jams for the scones. The atmosphere here is casual and welcoming.
Wild Oak Cafe is popular with locals and visitors for its atmosphere and eclectic mix of well prepared and innovative food. A lovely nursery is also part of the complex of Wild Oaks cafe. The atmosphere is lively and airy. Sit at a terracotta table with views of the nursery or enjoy the courtyard tables. A Coonara stove adds warmth during cold weather. Jazz bands perform on the last Sunday of every month from January to April. The diverse, refreshing menu changes seasonally. Even simple fare is transformed into something special by chef, Isiah Sang. The mouth watering desserts will make you thankful that the fare is relatively light. Call ahead for lunch and dinner hours.
The Igloo is home to the famous, ridiculously large Buxton Burger. Don't just stop here to fill up on petrol and buy some convenience items – sit down to enjoy a great meal too! Every Wednesday night features full table service, and a special menu with an International gourmet flair that fills the place quickly (best to make a reservation). Thursday nights feature Lamb Souvlaki, with five different tempting combinations. Any other day or evening you can enjoy speedy and delicious "fast" food: chips, dim sum, sandwiches, falafel, schnitzels, seafood, and of course, burgers. Finishing the Buxton Burger (triple patty and chock full of toppings) is noteworthy; best to start with the Cathedral Burger or just the Burger With The Lot and work your way up! – Nora Dunn
The Royal Time Indian & Nepalese Restaurant comes highly recommended by the Yarra Valley Wine and Food Society. Recently renovated, it is now bigger with sophisticated decor for that perfect dining experience. The menu is very extensive with great meat and vegetarian options. They have all types of curry options. Be sure to try their Chicken Momo, a Nepalese specialty, and their Tandoori Sizzler Platter, a house special. Run like a family business, the owner and staff are very accommodating and efficient in their service. Testaments to this are the framed letters of appreciation and thanks from happy customers. They also do take-away options at great value for weekday lunches and family pack deals.
It is rare to find food of this quality in a shopping center. The funky feel and great location draw hungry shoppers. Indulge in great authentic sushi, light and healthy to let you shop some more. Finish off with green tea.