A taste of Amalfi at Olivigna’s La Sala


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THE latest addition to the Olivigna function centre, La Sala restaurant, opened in January and is taking freshness to great heights.

Everything about La Sala is generously proportioned. Enormous windows frame the distinctive Warrandyte aspect; there are soaring ceilings; a massive, hand-built, mudstone fireplace; giant, gothic-style chandeliers and there’s the big hospitality of proprietor, Anna Gallo. Read more HERE.



Duncan’s tasty Thai kitchen


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WARRANDYTE’S Duncan Robertson and Andrew Beck have created a hot new cooking program.

Filmed on location in Thailand, Duncan’s Thai Kitchen follows Warrandyte chef Duncan Robertson of Vanilla Orchid fame, as he journeys around Thailand mixing with locals in the mountains, learning to grow rice, cooking up a storm on beaches and discovering exotic new ingredients. Read more HERE.



Big Ben’s recipe for success


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WITH three-hour queues to eat his food, three bustling restaurants under his exacting leadership and a winning new cookbook, Warrandyte’s Benjamin Cooper is one of Australia’s hottest chefs.

Amazingly, the Chin Chin head chef’s entry into the food industry came “almost by accident”. He had planned to follow a career in economics/law but took a year off from study after high school.

Read more HERE.



Inner city chic comes to Warrandyte


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TUCKED away in Yarra Street, new restaurant, Altair brings city sophistication to Warrandyte. With a comfortable intimate interior, friendly staff, exciting wine list and adventurous, grown-up food, it is set to become a Yarra Valley favourite.

Chef Kelvin Shaw does not make boring food. “I love to redefine classic dishes with a modern slant,” he says.

Read more HERE.




The quiet achiever


LONG-TIME winemaker Rob Dolan has built successful brands such as Yarra Ridge and Sticks, set up contract winemaking ventures and managed a corporate wine group.

His latest venture, a contract winemaking operation and selfnamed brand, is hidden at the end of a quiet street off Wonga Road in South Warrandyte.
Read more HERE.



A Touch of Thailand in Warrandyte



ALREADY a Warrandyte institution, it’s hard to believe Vanilla Orchid has only been open three and a half years. Following in the footsteps of long-established, sister restaurant River Kwai, the eatery offers authentic, Eastern-region Thai cuisine with a few surprises such as Burmese influenced dishes and French desserts with a Thai twist.

Read more HERE.