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Lake House Daylesford

Lake House Daylesford

Lake House Daylesford

Happy birthday

Celebrating the birth of my lovely Emmy we took the day off and headed out to Daylesford on a Wednesday for lunch. It was actually supposed to be a day trip but we ended up not having much time to do or see anything else, so it turned into a very long drive just for lunch.

This actually broke my tradition of taking Emmy to Japanese restaurants for her birthday (I won’t name the restaurant that messed that up), but it definitely all turned out well in the end. The Lake House pretty much has a monopoly on the Wednesday fine dining scene as all the other restaurants I looked up in Daylesford are closed on Wednesdays, Kazuki’s would’ve been perfect but alas.

  • Pre-starter, Lake House Daylesford
    Pre-starter, Lake House Daylesford
  • Amber ale, Lake house Daylesford
    Amber ale, Lake house Daylesford
  • House made sourdough, Lake house Daylesford
    House made sourdough, Lake house Daylesford

Accompaniments

They have a degustation menu but we decided to just go a la carte and get the three course set. It also comes with a couple of accompaniments, crunchy, salty stick biscuit things and olives before the entree. House made sourdough and butter, and endless flow it seems, and some sweets with tea or coffee afterwards.

Entree

For entree I had a veal carpaccio with tuna tartare, it was delicious to be sure. The carpaccio was so good, very thin and soft, two thumbs up. Emmy had a scallop lasagne, which looked great, I didn’t even get a taste. They looked fancy and they tasted great as well.

  • Scallop lasagne, Lake house Daylesford
    Scallop lasagne, Lake house Daylesford
  • Tonnato, veal carpaccio and tuna tartare, Lake house Daylesford
    Tonnato, veal carpaccio and tuna tartare, Lake house Daylesford

Mains

I had black kingfish for main, and Emmy had the duck. While they may look small, I didn’t feel hungry at all (possibly due to beer and bread :)). They were small enough that Emmy could finish her main by herself so no need to share with me :(. I don’t usually order fish but since Emmy ordered the duck I had to go with something else and the fish was the most appealing to me. Good, but the entree had more flavour and left a better impression.

  • Black Kingfish, Lake house Daylesford
    Black Kingfish, Lake house Daylesford
  • Duck, Lake house Daylesford
    Duck, Lake house Daylesford

Dessert

The desserts list looked delightful and I managed to make a decision for once and went with the profiterole, while Emmy had the cannoli. My profiterole came with some lemon mousse (I think) and some pralines I think, so, so good. Emmy was very happy with her cannoli, it was filled with chocolate mousse, which was okay but mine was better.

  • Chocolate cannoli, Lake house Daylesford
    Chocolate cannoli, Lake house Daylesford
  • Profiterole, Lake house Daylesford

I don’t seem to have taken a picture of the after meal sweets, but we had some turkish delight and dark chocolates, possibly praline too. I wanted to take evrything they were offering but I didn’t want to come across as greedy, so I think we just ended up with three sweets :(.

Conclusion

It wasn’t cheap, not quite Minamishima level, but certainly up there for pricey meals that we’ve had. I’m not sure what kind of cuisine I’d call it, modern I suppose, with a subtle Japanese influence. We certainly enjoyed ourselves and I wouldn’t mind going back some time, but if we went to Daylesford again I’d probably want to try another place since there are such an abundance of quality restaurants there.

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