Mt Rael Restaurant
Boasting the best views in the Yarra Valley, Mt Rael Restaurant would be able to draw a crowd on the strength of its vistas alone. But there is no laurel-resting in the smartly kitted-out restaurant of this small boutique retreat. Perched on the top of a hill, it is furnished in soothing natural shades of brown and green, with lots of natural light, open fireplaces and comfortable upholstery. The menu has influences from both Europe and Asia, and utilises the best ingredients the region offers, including local venison, salmon roe, stone fruit and chocolate. Local wine also gets a good showing.
Mt Rael, 140 Healesville–Yarra Glen Rd; (03) 5962 1977; open Thurs–Sun for lunch and dinner, and weekends for brunch