MELBOURNE | Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters is a restaurant in Federation Square that’s a celebration of Victoria’s diverse regions, farmers, and produce. It’s by Peruvian ex-Pastuso head chef and Farmer’s Daughter’s owner Alejandro Saravia, and sees the Gippsland focus of Farmer’s Daughter, expanded across the state.
The venue features a striking interior, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the Yarra River. A huge wall-mounted map highlights the various regions that supply the restaurant’s produce. A long bench, hand-carved from a single piece of reclaimed eucalyptus, features many of the ingredients being used in the kitchen, that you can touch and smell.
A bar seat at the open kitchen is the best place to get a feel for what the team are doing here. Lots of cooking over fire – wood and charcoal. The menu is driven by the seasons, and changes regularly. Be sure to check out the ‘provenance menu’ which showcases specific ‘regions in residence’.
Dishes include things like grilled Ramarro Farm zucchini with Oakwood bresaola, macadamia agrodolce, and sorrel; dry aged 600g O’Connor Ribeye with smoked green chilli; and grilled market fish with herb purée, mussel & celery butter sauce.
To drink, it’s a sharp list of cocktails made using Victorian spirits, and an all-Victorian wine and beer list.
Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters
Wed – Sat: 5:00pm to 12:00am
Sun: 11:30am to 5:00pm