I’m a frequent visitor to the Victoria Racing Club at Flemington and have checked out most of the dining options there. From sandwiches and sausage rolls eaten as a car boot picnic, to the most glamorous marquees in the Birdcage, I’ve tried it all. So I was excited to be invited to eat at Flemington’s Terrace Restaurant which has just been revamped.
When I last ate there a few years ago the restaurant’s food didn’t really live up to its amazing position right overlooking the finishing post. It was typical function food but the VRC have revamped the Terrace Restaurant and it now offers a seven course degustation with much more modern and vibrant cooking.
Seven courses sounds like a lot (and it’s still worth considering a stretchy dress in your race wear options!) but bear in mind this is over the course of a five or six hour period. Our lunch started with a square of soy marinated salmon which was served in a bowl of avocado “soup”. This was a little bit strange particularly given we were only given a fork to eat the soup with.
However this was the only misstep. I loved the next dish of pressed chicken spiked with a yuzu mayonnaise and teamed with sweet in season asparagus. It was like a fresh take on the traditional races chicken sandwich.
Lamb fillet was sweetened with a honey glaze and served with slivers of beetroot, watermelon and feta giving it a Summery feel. If I wasn’t full enough after that, then the slow cooked beef cheek really finished me off, with decadent black garlic mash and earthy mushrooms.
The sweet end of the meal offered a strawberry and honeycomb Eton mess with soft pillowy meringues contrasting with more savoury specks of oatmeal.
On top of this there was also a fabulous Victorian cheese plate and what is known in catering circles as “the soak”, food designed to balance out all the drinks, which involved moreish duck and ginger sausage rolls and chocolate eclairs.
Alongside the menu, the whole place has been given a facelift with the long tables now featuring individual television screens so you can track various race meetings around the country (and the world!) alongside keeping a track on the odds. In a stroke of sheer brilliance the tables also feature multiple phone charger cords. I’d love to see this in more restaurants.
The one thing that hasn’t changed is those killer uninterrupted finishing post views. Sadly there was no excuse for my failure to back a winner all day.
Gourmet Chick was invited to The Terrace Restaurant.
Details: The Terrace Restaurant, Flemington Race Course, Flemington
Damage: Budget breaking. Prices vary depending on the race day. Enquire with the VRC.