Melbourne’s new Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters restaurant will officially open on Thursday July 28th in the heart of Fed Square.
A first of its kind collaboration between Fed Square and the team behind Farmer’s Daughters, it will see respected Melbourne chef Alejandro Saravia bring his vision of defending Victoria and its diverse regions to this highly anticipated venue. Located in Melbourne’s Fed Square, overlooking the Yarra River, the 250-seat restaurant will transport diners to the heart and soul of Victoria, paying homage and celebrating the products, people and places that make up this awe-inspiring state.
Designed to be more than a restaurant or bar, Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters will feature a sensory and interactive ingredient table, an all-weather outdoor terrace overlooking the scenic Yarra River and a first-of-its-kind Victorian wine library – a literal cellar. walk-in wine shop, offering over 3,000 local drops.
What do you want to know
- Melbourne’s new Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters restaurant offers an all-Victorian menu
- It will officially open on Thursday July 28 in the heart of Fed Square
- It’s the brainchild of Melbourne chef Alejandro Saravia, known for Farmer’s Daughters (80 Collins Street)
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Saravia, who is known for Farmer’s Daughters (80 Collins), is working alongside head chef David Boyle on an evolving menu that will make seasonal trips throughout Victoria. From the paddocks of the Western Plains to the fruits of the Murray; from the waters of the Great Ocean Road to the vineyards of the High Country, we witnessed the media preview and Saravia’s passion for digging up the stories of some of the most dedicated and expert growers to call the state home was clear. for everyone.
Saravia has made it clear that the purpose of the restaurant is not to pose as farmers, fishmongers or cheesemongers. “We are chefs and we bring the best products to your plate to showcase these producers,” he said.
Much like the 80 Collins Street venue that celebrates the Gippsland region and inspires road trips and tours, Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters will entice diners off the grid with a rotating ‘Region-in-Residence’, dedicated to showcasing from specific regions across the state and showcasing little-known ingredients, guest chefs, hero winemakers and bespoke cocktails. The first region to settle will be Ballarat and surrounding areas in the spring of 2022, with more details of this collaboration to be announced soon.
Inside the place itself, an open kitchen stages the cooking of products over a wood fire and charcoal. From the kitchen, diners can expect generous platters to share crafted from local Victorian produce, such as whole lobster from Apollo Bay, hand-harvested sea urchin from the Mallacoota Coast and Summerfield lamb from the Pyrenees.
A bespoke ingredient chart will display the ingredients in their raw form. Hand-carved from a single piece of reclaimed eucalyptus obliqua wood and designed to showcase the diversity of Victorian produce through a sensory display, the striking table guides diners eyes along divots and bowls winding paths that house the seasonal ingredients.
The beverage program is overseen by Head Sommelier, Matt Jensen, there will be an exclusive focus on Victorian wines, beers and spirits. This program will continue to a purpose-built 20-seat wine library, which will house over 3,000 bottles of wine and feature a selection of renowned winemakers, such as Yarra Yering and Bannockburn Wines, and hand-picked museum wines. component of Bass Phillip and Eastern Peake, to name a few. The intimate setting, with views of the Yarra, will also be an educational space where guests are invited to learn about Victoria’s 21 wine regions and hear the stories behind its wines and producers. It will also host a variety of masterclasses from some of Victoria’s top winemakers and lend itself to exclusive private dinner bookings.
The restaurant will also feature local artwork by Lucy Hersey, a series of custom-designed film screenings and a sculpted 3D map of Victoria that talks about the regions, its First Nations peoples, its hero ingredients and its natural characteristics. Of her latest project, Saravia said, “Melbourne is blossoming again, and we feel very connected to this process as we aim to bring all of our regions together, through like-minded collaboration.
“As a proud Victorian, I feel very privileged to showcase the people, places and producers that make up this incredible state and through this endeavor we hope to create an inspiring gateway to regional discovery that demonstrates why Victoria is the culinary and artistic capital of Australia.”
Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters is now taking reservations. To find out more, visit: www.victoriarestaurant.com.au