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Melbourne’s best regional restaurants

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Igni, Geelong, Victoria

The Royal Mail Hotel dining room, Dunkeld, Victoria

Anchovy and its bones, Provenance, Beechworth, Victoria

Doot Doot Doot, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Just a short drive south of Melbourne, you’ll find the stellar Jackalope Hotel, housing one of the most exciting regional restaurants to open in 2017. Doot Doot Doot may have an odd name, but there is nothing odd about this fine-dining experience. The food is either grown in the kitchen garden or produced in the region, allowing chef Guy Stanaway to deliver a real expression of what it means to eat locally on the Mornington Peninsula. Enter a sleek, sophisticated dark-brown space where tabletops and leather banquettes sit beneath a breathtaking glass installation by designer Jan Flook, featuring 10,000 globes resembling wine glasses. Cherry and kingfish virtually dance on the plate; pickles and vermouth add a tempting twang to the earthiness of barramundi; and tonka bean rounds out the sweet seduction of new-season mangoes. With a winery onsite, and rooms to stay overnight, this has fast become a must-visit destination.

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