Tahbilk Cafe (at Tahbilk Winery), Country Victoria

Ashley Thorpe, the new Head Chef at the Tahbilk cafe, has spread the word that he ‘doesn’t like flour’. Hooray! That’s not all there is to avoid in a gluten free diet, but it’s a big chunk of it. He estimates that 99% of his main meals do not contain flour, and it’s only really when he’s making desserts that he breaks out the white stuff.

Tabilk (spelt differently to the winery) is a scenic 2 hours drive north of Melbourne. The cafe is part of Tahbilk Winery, surrounded by bushland and plonked by the billabong.

Our entree was the (divine) crispy skinned pork on cauliflower puree with scallops and microherbs.

It would be stupid not to indulge in a glass of wine at a winery wouldn’t it? Especially at one of Australia’s oldest and cutest (est. 1860).

My main course was polenta, wild mushrooms and kale, my friend had the salmon.

I feel like a successful truffle hunter having found a chef who doesn’t like flour – more please! With the right company, a sunny day, the wine slipping down and the river sliding past, you can’t go wrong here.


Tahbilk Winery
254 O’Neils Road Tabilk (via Nagambie)
Phone: (03) 5794 2555




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  1. I have had the pleasure twice now of sitting on the back deck of the cafe at Tahbilk winery on a gorgeous summer day, with good company and lovely wine, friendly wait staff and lovely food, my only request would be, some vegetarian and seafood options please, especially another seafood dish in the mains section, not a big fan of beer battered fish and chips as a healthy option, otherwise its all coming together nicely on the new menu.

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