Local Cara Templeton shares some of her favourite foodie haunts in and around Sale.
Filled with local artwork, comfy booths and charismatic staff, Redd Catt is a great spot to grab a coffee, cake or something more filling. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (Fridays and Saturdays only) with both indoor and outdoor seating, this café caters to everyone, with vegetarian and gluten-free choices available.
Breakfast is pretty standard fare (their latte art is not!), however lunch raises the bar with a specials board to complement choices like prawn ravioli with sauce vierge, quinoa and smoked eggplant salad with pomegranate jewels and an amazing, if not a little daunting, soft shell crab burger with chilli jam.
Dinner is a step up again with dim lighting, jazzy tunes and an ever-changing tasting plate. Although the menu for mains is somewhat limited, it’s quality over quantity here. The house made papardelle with a champagne pesto cream and roasted truss tomatoes is an example of how simple is sometimes best.
And if perfectly balanced and presented desserts are your thing, try one of the 2nd year apprentice chef’s desserts – sublime!
Commonly referred to in foodie circles as a “gastropub”, Tinamba Hotel is Gippsland’s premier dining establishment.
Focusing on local produce, Brad and Damian have a vegetable garden out the back and favour suppliers like the Maffra Cheese Company, Avon Ridge Wines and Cannibal Creek Vineyard.
Open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday, the two-courses for $30 – your choice of entrée and main or main and dessert with a glass of wine or beer – is standout value for food with finesse.
Dinner is a fancier affair, running Wednesday to Saturday, offering 5 alternate entrée, main and dessert options, supplemented by seasonal specials. Current menu items include a Rosemary Smoked Kangaroo Salad and Seared Octopus Carpaccio.
It’s the little things that count and a great wine list, house made damper rolls and prompt and efficient staff set Tinamba apart from being “just another pub”. Chef Paul van Ruiten single-handedly plays the crowd, catering for the fussy and the foodie alike.
Although it lies somewhat off the beaten track, the Tinamba Hotel has no trouble drawing in crowds looking for good food, good wine and great service.
Once upon a time in a faraway land, there once lived a prince under a spell…
With exposed brick walls, red lighting and a cross-cultural menu, you can be excused for thinking that you’re in the big smoke. Little Prince, the hipster sister to Nielsen’s restaurant, is a newcomer to a region in dire need of something fresh.
Communal dining, cosy booths and staff wearing jeans and tees work for, not against Little Prince, creating a casual yet classy atmosphere that lends itself to both dinner with the in-laws to a few cheeky cocktails and sliders with friends.
The menu features ‘Little Bites’ to ‘Little Larger,’ complemented by tiny tacos and baby burgers. For those with an appetite, the $59 Feed Me (Chef’s choice) is sure to suffice. Either way you can’t go wrong with clever combinations such as spicy prawn spring rolls with harissa aioli to BBQ beef cheek with a sticky peanut glaze and Thai basil.
Favouring ethical free-range meats and seasonal ingredients, Little Prince is a firm favourite amongst locals looking for something a little quirky and a lot of tasty.
Café 3847 and Co.
If you’re looking for award wining coffee, homemade pies, cakes and pastries then look no further then Café 3847 and Co. Located on the main highway in Rosedale this fully licenced café caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner (Fridays only).
Paraphernalia adorns the walls, lending this café a comfortable vibe of funk meets familiarity. The space itself is small but cosy and the menu leans towards simple, hearty tucker over small servings and stylish presentation.
From light (quiches, sandwiches and gourmet pies) to a little heavier (lamb shanks, pasta and baked potatoes) and even a dedicated menu for the ‘Billy Lids,’ everyone is catered for, with gluten-free and vegetarian options available.
In fitting with their ethical ideology, Café 3847 and Co sources its ingredients from local ‘green’ suppliers wherever possible; coffee beans come from Zest’s Retro Roast range in two varieties, strong and mild.
So do yourself a favour and next time you’re on the road, stop in grab a coffee and a sweet treat … You can thank me later.
The Hunting Ground
Café come delicatessen, the Hunting Ground is fast becoming a favourite among local coffee connoisseurs. Tucked among a butchers and florist, this place manages to pack a punch with well-extracted coffee with a smooth crema.
Offering food for the health-conscious, cakes, slices, sandwiches and salads range from gluten-free to vegan/vegetarian and even paleo. Featuring specialised products like Pana chocolate, Coyo yoghurt and Gundowring ice cream, their fridge, freezer and pantry is a veritable wonderland of delicious and nutritious superfood snacks.
Whether you’re in for coffee, lunch or a dinner to go, the Hunting Ground has something to offer. House-made pizzas; pastas and quiches are up for grabs for the time poor or those just after a really wholesome and hassle-free feed.
If you are looking to eat in, be warned; it’s a small space with one communal picnic-style table, so grabbing something to go is preferred … plus who wants to share anyway?