It is well known where I work that when you’re allocated to Horsham Hospital for a rotation, you must drop by The Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld. The Royal Mail is a 3 Chef Hat restaurant with many other accolades to boot. To provide you with some sort of reference; Horsham is about 3 hours from Melbourne and Dunkeld is around 1.5 hours from Horsham. The road from Horsham is a scenic route and you get to enjoy the beautiful Grampians but it is also notorious for kangaroos and other wildlife. When you arrive at Dunkeld you are greeted by a small town with one petrol station (which closes at 7pm every night) snuggled amongst the Grampian ranges.
My co-interns and I of course had to try the famous Degustation Menu. It is on the pricey side however it was good reason to spend our well earned money on. There is also a Vegetarian option and a Wine tastings option (which is a little more expensive), where you will get accompanying wines with your meals. My friends who had the wine definitely enjoyed it however would’ve liked more!
Rice paper, finger lime & salmon roe
Chicken crisps & pork sandwiches
Tomato, prawns, cinnamon basil & daikon ice
Heirloom carrots, garlic, soy cream & sorrel seeds
Egg yolk, new potatoes, salt cod & fish crackling
Slimy mackerel, mustard, nori & sugar snap peas
Eel, bone marrow, eggplant & pickled vegetables
Duck coastal plants & calamari cream
Apple, almond & caramel
Berrie, fig leaf, white chocolate & rose
Pistachio, hazelnut, honeycomb & chocolate
It was definitely a amazing menu accompanied by visually stunning creations. My favourite would be the first 2 courses. I have never had such a “hoity toity” food experience before, so I’m not too sure about some of the weird textures such as calamari cream and daikon ice and bone marrow. It is on the expensive side however it is worth the experience. It’s definitely something you want to do once!