Set on the gorgeous Balgownie Estate, with a full view of the sprawling vineyard through the floor to ceiling windows, Rae’s Restaurant offers hearty breakfasts with mammoth proportions. Admittance will allow you a selection of one hot dish, plus access to the continental breakfast on offer (cold meats, cheese, toast and spreads, cereals and pastries).
Big BrekkieThe big brekkie comes with poached eggs, sausage, bacon, tomato, mushroom, hash browns, grilled ciabatta. Whilst a pretty in presentation, there was nothing particularly special about the big brekkie – the ingredients were fresh, though nothing stood out.
Balgownie Bean CassouletThe house baked beans was huge – a piping-hot cassoulet accompanied by garlic mushrooms, Yarra Valley Persian feta, sunflower, and an abundance of sourdough slices. Another hearty dish, it was incredibly filling, but was invariably bland in flavour, and the bread was a little too dry for my liking (admittedly it did not taste like sourdough at all). With the abundance of restaurants closeby offering luxurious and more inspiring brunches, I wasn’t particularly enthralled by Rae’s. The estate, however, is a stunning place; and the same goes for the restaurant itself.