27 Aug Dining on the Great Ocean Road – RACV Torquay Resort
Location, location, location. Number One Restaurant is aptly name, with the address – No.1 Great Ocean Road. Located within the luxurious confines of the RACV Torquay resort – admire views of Bass Strait and the lush greens of the golf course, whilst dining on Modern Australian cuisine. RACV Torquay marks the starting point for the iconic drive, with the Great Ocean Road stretching along the South Eastern coast of Victoria between the towns of Torquay and Warrnambool. With the temperature gauge dropping, it wasn’t beach weather, but rather a weekend of gastronomic indulgence.
The Day – Hardings Lounge
Before the afternoon drizzle kicks in, settle comfortably by the crackle of a winter fireplace. Choose between a vibrant range of cocktails, coffees and teas before conquering the High Tea Set or a Torquay Tasting Platter. ‘I’m a ladyyy!’ – the High Tea Set was our pick of the day.
The high tea arrives in pyramidal glory, with finger sandwiches to tingle the tastebuds, fluffy scones and the best part of all – the dessert platter. The crack of the caramelised creme brulee and my favourite cutting open the scones and sandwiching thick spoonfuls of cream and jam. Who needs to go outside?
High Tea Set w/ Berry Early Mocktail
The Night – Number One Restaurant
Head Chef Michael Bannerman heads a team of chefs at Number One Restaurant. With previous stints at Crown’s Number 8 and Philippe Mouchel’s PM24, the experienced chef has the credentials to bring gourmet to the sandy shores of Torquay. ‘We want to showcase local produce’ – a point well noted, with thick shavings of Victorian truffle, swimming through a creamy cauliflower soup. ‘The sourdough is baked up the road’, says our lovely waitress. The oysters shucked from Victorian waters.
Number One restaurant also has a space for ageing and curing meats. The 300g of scotch fillet is tender, served with creamy polenta and spears of asparagus. The Barramundi, swims once again, amongst white sea foam and aniseed overtones of confit fennel.
The showstopper is the dessert, artfully plated with surprise after surprise. Passionfruit tapioca pops with zesty zing. The coralesque appearance of the blackberry tuilles, break under our fork. The Bombe Alaska is a bomb indeed, with torched meringue, coating the ‘spiked’ dome. Slicing open the Bombe, reveals an indulgent hazelnut and almond praline centre.
Everyone expects the inner city to have great food. But even amongst sleepy beachside towns, the quality isn’t compromised. It may not have the same bezazz – no liquid nitrogen, crazy fusion or snaking queues – but for a quiet weekend getaway – Number One Restaurant will very well do.
Cauliflower soup with Victorian black truffle
Crème fraîche cheesecake with berry gel and blackberry tuille
Northern barramundi with confit fennel, samphire, kipfler potatoes and sea foam
Hazelnut and almond praline bombe Alaska with chocolate sauce
Oysters Kilpatrick with Lea and Perrins sauce
Strawberry Daiquiri – Bacardi rum, crème de fraise, lime, fresh strawberries
Hungrycookie dined courtesy of Number One Restaurant. All opinions are strictly my own.
Number One Restaurant
RACV Torquay Resort
1 Great Ocean Road