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7 go-to Gippsland eateries that will warm your belly this winter
There is nothing quite like digging in to a warm bowl of soup, feasting on a Sunday roast or chowing down on a rich stew, jam-packed with veggies – especially in winter. These dishes are the best winter warmers going around.
But if you’re thinking, ‘I can’t be bothered cooking tonight’ – or it just happens to be date night or family day – we’ve got you covered.
Right on your doorstep is a wonderland of fresh produce and plenty of talented chefs cooking up a storm.
Here’s our pick of where to head in Gippsland for your winter warmers:
This iconic, award-winning restaurant has been standing since 1874. Set in the heart of central Gippsland, the Tinamba Hotel is renowned for quality food and service. Whether you’re after a long Sunday lunch, a delicious bite to eat during your weekday lunch hour, or you’re treating your better half to a night of fine dining, book a table at the Tinamba Hotel. The menu won’t disappoint.
The Long Paddock
If you’re happy to travel for quality country cooking, The Long Paddock in Lindenow should be your destination. This quaint café, which was once a bakery, will serve local produce in every dish plated up. The menu changes regularly – a sign the kitchen cooks only with food in season – and we hear the service is pretty good too.
Catinalla’s Caffe and Wine Bar
If you love authentic Italian food combined with an intimate dining setting, then Catinalla’s is a great place to eat. ‘Fresh, seasonal and local’ is the philosophy of this niche restaurant, which sources quality Australian ingredients to cook up traditional Italian food. Take a seat at the table and the staff will be sure to greet you with a smile and a chat.
Beautiful views, delicious food and friendly service – what more could you ask for? Hogget Kitchen is relatively new to the Gippsland restaurant scene, but the team behind this Warragul business boasts considerable experience and innovation. Hogget Kitchen prides itself on local and seasonal produce, plus the carving, butchering, pickling, bottling, charcuterie, smoking and brining is all done in-house. The menu represents the very best of Gippsland’s producers – one look and your hardest decision will be choosing how many courses to order.
If you haven’t made the trip to Meeniyan for wood-fired pizza or chargrilled meat and veggies, take the time this winter. Trulli is a famous eatery in Gippsland where you’re sure to enjoy a fresh feed, good conversation and a “true Italian experience”. Order a couple of sides of veggies with your main and you’ll be laughing. The atmosphere, service and meals will not disappoint.
The Cape Kitchen
Who doesn’t love to share a meal with loved ones, surrounded by stunning coastline views? The Cape Kitchen not only showcases the breathtaking scenery of Phillip Island, but it serves seasonal, Australian dishes using local produce whenever possible. Whether you’re after breakfast or lunch, the menu has a range of healthy and hearty options that’ll warm your soul and satisfy your belly.
Albert & Co – Coffee Food Catering
The best part about Lakes Entrance is that you can visit any time of the year and there’s still plenty to do. Why not brave the cooler weather and head to this popular coastal town to take a seat at Albert & Co? The waterfront coffee, food and catering shop serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, all guaranteed to have plenty of colour and taste.