What’s new in Yallingup? Six fabulous new restaurants
It’s usually the first question returning guests ask us, “are there any new restaurants… really amazing ones?”
Absolutely. 2017 has been good to us (we’ve been in a good paddock, so the saying goes) with six excellent new restaurants in Yallingup and surrounds we’d happily recommend to you.
Yarri – Snake & Herring’s new venture with chef Aaron Carr
You may have noticed some building going on in Dunsborough next to Dugalup Creek, behind the Coles carpark. There are two new restaurants; Blue Manna opened in December and Yarri Bar + Restaurant is due to open this week.
Yarri is an exciting collaboration between Chef Aaron Carr (17 years at Vasse Felix) and Snake and Herring Winery owners Redmond Sweeny and Tony and Sal Davis. According to Aaron, they’re going to “keep the food local, make it simple and showcase local wines and producers.”
We eagerly await their launch in early 2018!
Photo: Yarri Bar + Restaurant
Blue Manna – incredible seafood by the peppermint trees
The second restaurant, Blue Manna, is in the same building as Yarri. We had a pre-Christmas lunch outside in the shade of the peppermint trees and it was absolutely delightful – a lovely ambiance, delicious food, a decent wine list and friendly service. Cocktails were excellent too.
We shared one of each entree amongst our table of six. Mains were amazing – duck with lightly spiced sauce, whole fish and three of our friends had the chilli crab, which comes with a bib and plenty of napkins. Hint: don’t wear white!
Photo: Blue Manna Bistro
Amelia Park Restaurant
Not only will you love the striking architecture and glamorous interior, you’ll fall head over heels (again!) with chef Blair Allen’s food.
We first loved his humble French inspired cooking at Studio Bistro, then Blair and wife Renee started Piari & Co in Dunsborough and we followed, like loyal fans. Now they’ve moved into a rather sublime space, overlooking Amelia Park Winery and its rolling hills lined with vines – a view worthy of the food.
You’ll find some favourites on the menu – chicken liver parfait is tweaked but you’ll recognise it from Studio Bistro days.
The slow roasted Amelia Park lamb shoulder for two was nothing short of magnificent. We’ll be back – and we’re sure you will too.
3857 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup
Photo: Amelia Park Restaurant (Instagram)
Amelia Park Lodge
The old Newtown House has had a multi-million dollar refurb. It’s dramatic, black, yet still faithful to its heritage (be careful not to hit your head on low door frames!). There’s a modern conservatory style dining room added to the original settlers’ homestead – we loved it for a celebratory lunch.
The food, the wine, the staff, the venue – we loved the whole experience. We were a table of four and each ordered a different main course to enjoy a variety of tastes. Pork, lamb, duck and beef fillet were superbly presented. We added a side of snow peas and honey glazed baby carrots.
A meal befitting the celebration!
5850 Bussell Hwy, Abbey
Piari & Co
Chef Nic Wood uses a paddock to plate philosophy to source the best of the region to serve in this little gem of a restaurant. Settling in Dunsborough after travelling far and wide, Nic has continued the great reputation of Piari & Co serving beautiful food paired with a dazzling eight page wine list.
Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday and breakfast each weekend, you’ll find a small but perfectly balanced menu. Just two starters of olives and wood fired bread. The entree offers four dishes including house made chicken pate, buffalo mozzarella, octopus and Angus beef tartare. The mains include a potato gnocchi, pork and fennel ragu, lamb rump and barramundi and a rib eye steak. There’s a chef’s feasting special which delivers you the very best of the season.
Two choices for dessert between a chocolate tiramisu or lemon curd with frozen meringue, short bread and citrus ice cream. A cheese platter is also available.
5/54 Dunn Bay Rd, Dunsborough
Photo: Piari & Co (Instagram)
Little Brother – Dunsborough’s new wine bar
The long awaited little brother of brewery Black Brewing on Caves Rd, is Little Brother Wine Bar, open daily from 3 pm until late.
A bar and restaurant, Little Brother is catering for the visitor and local who want a modern, uber cool venue to relax, grab a bite and enjoy either a cheeky cocktail, a wine or a beer. A very attractive menu with an array of delicious snacks is available. Items such as braised lamb croquettes and a choice of beef or chicken sliders are a perfect accompaniment for the sensational cocktails available.
239 Naturaliste Tce, Dunsborough
Overlooking a huge dam with a water fountain to rival Lake Geneva, you can find Black Brewing Co. It was originally built as Duckstein Brewery, but when a couple of friends Stewart Sampson and Scott Douglas got together, the result is Black Brewing Co.
It’s open daily from 11am, they have a whole new approach to food, wine and beer. The boys have created a super relaxed venue for groups large and small, families as well as couples and single travellers to stop, sit, eat and drink the finest wares.
There’s a definite Asian influence in the menu, with a couple of interesting curries, a crispy satay squid plus an amazing Moroccan Lamb. Most wines can be purchased by the glass, and the beer menu includes a stout and apple cider as well as the ales and lagers one would expect from such a prestigious place.
3517 Caves Rd, Wilyabrup