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Published July 30th 2012
Eat, drink, and dine like royalty at Jacques Reymond
Since stumbling across Jacques Reymond three years ago, my friend and I established a tradition of saving our money and indulging in the gastronomic phenomenon of this award-winning restaurant once a year.
On the outset, the restaurant could be mistaken for just another housing property on Williams Rd but on closer inspection, it was no ordinary house but a Victorian heritage-listed manor. As soon as you reach the tall, dark door and wonder whether to knock or simply turn the knob (before noticing the doorbell), the door appears to magically open to reveal a host of gentle smiles from the waiting staff. Warm yellow light spills forth inviting you in it's as if you've just found the closet door to Narnia.
Asparagus, fresh soba noodles, wild succulents and caramelised black vinegar @ Jacques Reymond
Each bite at Jacques Reymond is like tasting art, as one flavour gives way to another or the texture of one ingredient contrasts to another. Foods that you would never consider cooking together, or may never have heard of, are married perfectly by Jacques and his team of chefs. The curried butternut pumpkin with grape tomatoes is just one example.
Black venere rice and grape tomatoes, curried butternut pumpkin @ Jacques Reymond
The food is an exquisite and delicately-balanced blend of seasonal Australian ingredients and exotic international flavours. The ten course degustation menu, including coffee and petit fours, leaves you pleasantly full so long as you don't gorge on too many of the range of freshly-warmed bread rolls, served throughout the night.
On par with the excellence of the food, is the service. I'm not sure what keeps me coming back for more the food or the service. The waiters are knowledgeable and always helpful, and take gently and humorously the amateur questions of an amateur writer and food lover. They are always attentive but never bothersome.
Jacques Reymond restaurant has been awarded three chef hats consecutively, including in 2012. Last year, the restaurant was also awarded the Best Restaurant and Best Fine Dining in Victoria by the Restaurant and Catering Association of Victoria.