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“Relaxing Afternon in the Yarra Valley”
Review of Vines Helen's Hill

Vines Helen's Hill
Ranked #8 of 24 Restaurants in Coldstream
Cuisines: Australian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Panoramic 180 degree views across the Yarra Valley can be enjoyed from every corner of the restaurant. Open for lunch Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Breakfast from 9am Sundays. Available for functions, birthdays, anniversaries and weddings 7 nights per week
Reviewed 5 January 2014

Decided to have a quick lunch at this restaurant situated in the beautiful Yarra Valley.
It is part of a Vineyard and wonderfully situated looking over the rolling hills and vineyards of the valley, and its architecture is soft and relaxing.

We chose to share a platter containing meat, fish, cheese etc. It was one of the most original platters we have come across in our visits to various parts of the State, and it was certainly very tasty. Only reservation was that the platter for two did did not go far enough and we were tempted to order a single platter when we had finished the share plate. Still, at $36 it was good value for money. A glass of the restaurant/vineyards own Pinot Noir went down well.

Service was friendly and staff seemed to know their memu.

Certainly a place to visit if out for a leisurely drive in this most pleasant part of Victoria

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Reviewed 28 December 2013

Lunch just after Christmas on a beautiful sunny day and the views were superb. Although the menu was quite small the choices were adequate and refreshingly described without too much hyperbole. It appears they change the menu regularly. Our starter of zucchini flowers stuffed with scollop bedded in a cauliflower puree was wonderful and definitely the standout of the day. The main courses of Veal scallopini with a leek and bean braise and lamb chops with a bbq glaze were both tasty but not exceptional. It was not too busy that day and we found the service to be professional and friendly. With stiff competition in the Yarra Valley, this restaurant rates well and is worth a visit. We will return and will also recommend this place to friends looking for a nice Yarra Valley restaurant.

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Thank diggersport
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Saturday night dinner. Glorious view and food generally very good. Amateur but friendly service. This was a lovely evening overall.

Food: Tasting platter was exceptionally good. Scallop and cauliflower soup, very good. Calamari were different and good but a touch over-cooked. Gnocchi was nice but unadventurous. Potato and mushroom pie was also good but unadventurous and not very mushroomy. Rabbit terrine, pork, chicken and lamb were each voted very good. The waitress did not ask if we wanted vegetables as extras. If she had, we would have asked if they were needed. Realistically they were. Deserts were all voted very good. But a word of warning. Do not order the cheese. We thought a Yarra Valley winery would be good on cheese. But the selection was pitiful (cheap camembert, a nice but ordinary blue and a horrid hard yellow that might have been gruyere) and straight from the fridge - consequently in poor condition. The chef certainly has no soul for cheese.

Ambience: fantastic especially the views from our window table. The place wasn't full so noise levels were comfortable.

Service: We were brought the wine list as soon as we sat down. Should have had the menus at the same time. Ten minutes later the waitress came for our wine order but we still hadn't seen the menus. A couple of times we wanted attention for little things and couldn't catch anyone's eye. But it was all very friendly.

Wine: Reasonable price and perfectly adequate range for us to find something suitable.

A lovely evening. The things that disappointed are easily fixed. They do need a head waiter whose job it is to keep a roving eye on the tables and the amateur staff. No problem with amateurs but they can't be left entirely on their own. And do please do something about your cheese or take it off the menu.

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Thank David M
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Returning to the place we first met was everything we remembered. Fantastic service, bubbles, and a meal that was not only plentiful (unlike some restaurants!) but super yummy. The presentation and professionalism of Helen's Hill is fabulous. It truly deserves a visit when you're in the Yarra valley.

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Thank Thetourbus
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Lunch here on a weekend recently; despite asking for a window seat when booking (weeks in advance) this didn't happen. Not a great drama, as there are nice views out over the very pretty rolling hills from all tables anyway, but just a bit disappointing. Service was definitely patchy - it took a while before we were offered menus and then when the food came it was with apologies for the accompaniments that we hadn't ordered anyway. Mains are high $20s - mid $30s; we had the triple fish lasagne which came with a watery pesto but was quite tasty, and lamb chops that had been marinated in a fruity sauce - I didn't taste them but they were enjoyed by those who did. The chops came with sweet potato wedges and coleslaw - the smallest serve of coleslaw I've ever seen! If you wanted vegies/salad with the fish, it was extra. Deserts were good (chocolate mielfuile, a creme brulee, and a honey pear macadamia tart), coffee okay. And it was noisy - not helped by the polished tiled/concrete floor. So, with three mains, three glasses wine, three deserts and two coffees, the bill came to $181. Don't know that I'd be returning in a hurry, think there's better value to be had out in the Yarra Valley. However, it's a really lovely setting, and the tasting platter looked pretty jolly good....

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Thank CandJMelbourne
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