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Colenso Restaurant, Kyneton

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
Published October 22nd 2017
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At my wife's suggestion we'd booked lunch at COLENSO in Kyneton and at first glance I'd have to say I was questioning whether or not we'd made the right choice.

The spartan, bare-windowed shop front wasn't particularly inviting and certainly gave no hint of the culinary delights waiting inside.

On entry we were greeted by very friendly front-of-house staff, guided to our table and promptly presented with water, menus and a drinks list.

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The very low-key entry and facade to COLENSO gave no indication to the gastronomic delights which awaited inside.


Like the exterior the interior was basic and really quite bland in appearance but, most importantly, the restaurant was full of lunchtime diners and absolutely buzzing.

The menu was intentionally small given that COLENSO had only opened here a little over 3-weeks previously and the owners were clearly testing the waters at the new venue.

The business had previously been very well established in Woodend, enjoying excellent patronage, outstanding reviews and winning the 2016 Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Award for 'Food and Beverage'. Denied a lease extension on the Woodend premises the business was forced to move and opened the doors in Kyneton on 1st October.

Victoria Melbourne Kyneton Macedon Ranges Central Victoria Colenso Restaurant Restaurants Fine Food Wine Eat Out
COLENSO's small but outstanding menu combines with a fabulous range of wines to deliver an extremely enjoyable dining experience.


Our group of three started with a sharing plate of olives, olive bread, crusty bread, pickled capers and pate.

Of the four mains on offer we chose a beef tenderloin with paris mash, green beans & shallots, a pan seared snapper with heirloom carrots, orange, pistachio and daikon and a potato gnocchi with blue cheese, mushrooms, walnuts and broad beans.

My fish was outstanding. Lightly oiled, beautiful crispy skin and a good-sized portion that, along with the vegetables amply filled my plate.

A sneaky taste-test of my wife's beef tenderloin revealed a beautifully cooked piece of meat that literally melted in the mouth.

The sister-in-law wasn't sharing her gnocchi with anyone but judging by the way it disappeared it was on a par with the other two.

We finished with two serves (but three spoons) of a fabulous creamy chocolate desert elegantly served in small brandy balloons and just a great way to end the meal.

Victoria Melbourne Kyneton Macedon Ranges Central Victoria Colenso Restaurant Restaurants Fine Food Wine Eat Out
The outstanding PARAMOOR ......


Victoria Melbourne Kyneton Macedon Ranges Central Victoria Colenso Restaurant Restaurants Fine Food Wine Eat Out
..... and nearby HANGING ROCK wineries are just two of the regional producers who contribute to COLENSO's outstanding Wine List.


COLENSO's Wine List is a showcase of Central Victorian regional wines and received a '1' Glass Rating in the Gourmet Traveller Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards 2017.

The list included offerings from Granite Ridge, Hanging Rock and Mount Towrong to name just a few - not cheap but offering a diverse range of outstanding wines.

Our choice was a 2017 Paramoor Pinot Gris, just another outstanding example of the Paramoor product and ideally suited to our menu choices.

At the end of a very relaxed lunch the bill came to $189.50 for a shared platter entrée, three outstanding mains, two deserts, an excellent bottle of wine and three coffees.

It certainly proved to me that you should never judge a book by its cover or a restaurant by its front facade. COLENSO was an extremely enjoyable experience and, just like Arnie, we'll be back.

Victoria Melbourne Kyneton Macedon Ranges Central Victoria Colenso Restaurant Restaurants Fine Food Wine Eat Out
Once almost a ghost-town Kyneton has reinvented itself as a centre of culinary tourism. COLENSO is just another string in its wining & dining bow.

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Why? Take the opportunity to enjoy elegant but relaxed dining at one of the Macedon Ranges most outstanding eateries.
When: Monday to Thursday 8.30 AM to 4 PM and Friday & Saturday 8.30 AM to 4 PM and 6 PM to 9 PM.
Phone: (03) 5427 2007
Where: 35 High Street, Kyneton
Cost: Varies with your choice from the menu.
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