21 Dec 2015

Innocent Bystander, Healesville, Yarra Valley

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Yarra Valley



For lunch on my recent Yarra Valley Adventure, we chose to eat at the always delicious Innocent Bystander. The service is great, the menu changes seasonally and the drinks menu is comprehensive.

The food menu is designed as sharing-style so grab some good company, choose a few dishes and pick away at the tantalising treats. We couldn't resist the grilled lamb and pine nut koftas, rabbit and lentil terrine, paella stuffed calamari and the Murray River salted frites. They were all super scrumptious but the standout dish was the paella stuffed calamari. The calamari was the most tender i have ever eaten and the paella was just spiced enough so as not to take over the flavour of the seafood, get it while you can! The restaurant is also known for its wood fired oven pizzas but seeing as I can't eat cheese we didn't try any. The ones at the other tables looked so good though AND they are made with a sour dough base. I was pretty devastated to miss out on a taste.

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Paella Stuffed Calamari

Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley
Rabbit and Lentil Terrine

Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley
Lamb Koftas

Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley
Murray River Salted Frites
If you are the designated driver for the day I highly recommend the Summersnow Granny Smith Apple Juice. It tastes like an apple picked fresh from the tree on a frosty morning - so refreshing.
My lunch guests went for the Innocent Bystander Syrah which they said was very tasty.

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Innocent Bystander Healesville

The restaurant doubles as a cellar door and bakery so make time for some tastings and grab a loaf of sourdough on you way out the door as I always do :) Be sure to also check out the Giant Steps Barrel Hall wine tasting which can be booked in advance via the Innocent Bystander website.

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Innocent Bystander Healesville
Baked in the wood fired pizza oven and made fresh each day, this sourdough has a beautifully crunchy exterior and soft slightly chewy centre.

Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley

Innocent Bystander Healesville

Innocent Bystander is a very popular place due to its central location in the Yarra Vally and beautiful produce so make sure you book online or call the restaurant to reserve a table or it is highly likely you will end up hungry and disappointed. I have never had a bad experience here and will keep returning.

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Causes and Cures tonic

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Prosecco

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The Restaurant

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Where's your favourite place to dine in the Yarra Valley, Victoria?


❤M



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