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Bella Vedere Cucina Cafe

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by Jessica-Lee Hirst (subscribe)
Jessica-Lee Hirst is a freelance writer based in the Yarra Valley.
Published November 29th 2011
The locals will tell you if you make one stop for eating in the Yarra Valley it'd better be Bella Vedere.

The Bella Vedere Café (independent to Badger's Brook Winery) gives you a chance to enjoy the magical scenery of the Yarra Valley whilst enjoying friendly attentive service and quality fresh food.

A sturdy wooden door welcomes you into the pleasant atmosphere, where a light filled, open plan kitchen allows diners to watch the hive of activity occurring nearby.

The chefs pride themselves on using local, fresh quality ingredients (which sometimes come from their vegie patch, situated beside the restaurant), to serve you the most delectable food.

Bella Vedere Cafe offers you many choices in fine wine, from Badger's Brook Estate wines which are made from their own grown grapes or their other label Storm Ridge which is made from a combination of their own fruit and selected local growers.

If you do not wish to drink wine, then complement your meal with a coffee or a creamy, velvety hot chocolate.

At breakfast time you can enjoy the menu which changes from time to time, but will always have a meal to spark your senses. The menu is adventurous and aspiring ranging from Banana Pancakes, Semolina with Honey and Sun Flower seeds, Ruby Red Grapefruit and Granola. A meal from the Breakfast menu that doesn't change is their selection of fried, scrambled, poached or boiled eggs on toast with spinach, tomatoes and bacon.

Lunch time is also a la carte but a little more adventurous, including meals of fish, quail and rabbit.

Dinner time is another appealing experience, offering a five course degustation dinner starting at 7:30pm.

After dining, be sure to bring home a bottle of wine from the Cellar Door, a gift of Jam or Preserves or a yummy loaf of fluffy bread.

Badger's Brook winery is operated by Michael and Mary Warren and Bella Vedere Café, who is independent to Badgers Brook, is operated by Gary Cooper and Tim Sawyer.

Bella Vedere Cucina Café is a warm hearted place that you can enjoy sumptuous meals and fine wine and leave knowing that you have breathed in the atmosphere of the Yarra Valley. It's definitely worth your time.
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