Situated on the picturesque Yering Station, Matt’s Bar offers a relaxed, casual dining experience for travelers and wine enthusiasts visiting the station.
My first visit to Matt’s Bar was when I was invited for a regional food tour which offered a glimpse into the abundance of the rich food and wine culture of the Yarra Valley. You can read all about that experience here and here.
But the second time, I went back with family for a relaxed food experience at Matt’s Bar and also to bring home a couple of amazing wines from Yering Station.
Matt’s Bar is situated in the upper floor of Cellar Door (this is where you get to indulge in wine tastings and also purchase amazing bottles of Yering station wines). The décor is rustic; a lot of wooden barrels and crates, vintage signs, old photographs, a shelf lined with historical books all add to the old world charm of the place.
You can either choose to sit inside the bar or the outside deck (which I highly recommend for the panoramic view). The menu at Matt’s bar changes daily based on the local produce and what’s in season. The place is Head Chef Tom Johnston and his team’s creative playground to showcase the best of Yarra produce.
We decided on a light meal of wine and nibbles (a visit to the Yarra Chocolaterie and Ice creamery earlier in the day ensured that we were not too hungry).
Being a hot day and in the mood for something light, I chose a glass of 2013 Village Ed Rose. Light, refreshing, slightly fruity, it was perfect for the day. Being a wine station, do not hesitate to ask for suggestions; the staff will be more than happy to help you out with the right wine.
The first dish to arrive was the Mac & Cheese croquettes with truffle aioli. Bite through the crunchy exterior to get to the all too comforting Mac and cheese experience which works brilliantly with the salty creaminess of the aioli. Totally recommended!
Next came the beer battered chips with smoked aioli and pork salt. Ohh, this was gourmet chips! Deliciously crunchy and that pork salt took the humble chips to a whole new level.
The next dish was Wilhemina smoked trout dip with foccacia and pickles. The smoked trout dip was really good especially with those pickles.
And finally we got the Southern fried chicken with red peppercorn aioli. The best dish of the day; we loved it so much that we ended up getting one more plate. Crunchy, spicy, moist chicken with the perfect aioli to match.
What struck me about the food at Matt’s Bar is that everyday comfort foods were taken and given a gourmet spin. It’s not fine dining but you definitely experience the magic that comes from a combination of fresh, high quality produce and good cooking.
My rating – 8/10
Cellar Door, Yering Station
38 Melba Highway
Phone no: +61 3 9730 0100
Open Saturday and Sunday – 10am to 5pm
Menu changes daily
Disclaimer – All the food and drinks were paid for by me.