Winner of the American Express Best Restaurant in Australia award. Chef and co-owner, Alain Fabreques has won a bevy of awards including the ... More
Loose Box Restaurant (The)
Winner of the American Express Best Restaurant in Australia award. Chef and co-owner, Alain Fabreques has won a bevy of awards including the prestigious Meilluer Ouvrier de France. Surrounded by gardens, the restaurant is housed in a renovated federation home. For a set price of AUD80 guests can enjoy an appetizer, a predessert, three savoury dishes and a dessert. The menu includes Yabby Salad and Pernod Cream, Duck Confit and Sauteed Potatoes and Fresh Atlantic Salmon and Sorrel. The Loosebox has an impressive wine list.
Beautiful place in a great setting - a bit olde-worldy.
My experience dates back 2 years; I was invited for my birthday, so had to grin and bear the extra small dishes; I had venison which was cooked to perfection, but it was basically three mouths full like the other dishes. I had the feeling portions are carefully weighed and calories counted; not a good feeling when dining.
There was olive oil on the table which was rancid.
Despite the high prices, food choices were limited. Service was nice.
However, people obviously enjoyed the ambience and some happy couples were leaving at the same time as us; I was happy too, how could I be otherwise, after spending enough money that would keep a family of 3 in food for a week.
I am writing this late review, because everytime I as much as whisper that my dining experience at the Loose Box was disappointing, my friends and acquaintances howl me down; so the restaurant obviously has its faithful customers.
To sum up: If you want a good dining experience in a lovely setting, and you don't mind spending money on good to great but minimalistic food, this is the place for you.
The food was ordinary and the service
not much better. We had expectations of
a very high standard of service with
food too match.
We also stayed at a chalet and on delivering the breakfast basket they had forgotten
something and within ear shot one said to the
other "Oh well they wont miss it"
My wife and I thoroughly enjoy our visits. The food is superb and Chalet # 5 very romantic on a cool winter's night...then there is the breakfast delivered to our chalet! Wonderful, wonderful!!!!!! Can't fault it!
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