The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges offer a huge range of award-winning wines and cocktails, quality multicultural dishes, restaurants and cafes showcasing local produce and culinary talent creating the food we love to eat.
If you’re dining in our region, take the time to discover these incredible signature dishes and the unique stories behind what makes them some of the best bites and bevs.
Located a short drive from the town of Belgrave, Paradise Valley Hotel is a community pub with a local heart and inner-city appeal. Standing in the heart of Clematis since 1882, Paradise Valley (known as ‘The Clemo’ to the locals), applies a modern touch to the Aussie pub experience.
With a diverse array of spaces, any dining experience is catered for. Whether you’re off to the public bar with a range of the best beers available on tap in the region or nestling into the award-winning, contemporary bistro. Sun seekers can soak up the warmth while grabbing drinks and a meal on one of the picnic tables in the expansive, leafy beer garden that abuts Puffing Billy’s meandering track.
The experience is genuine and quality focused. Locals and day trippers alike are discovering this hidden gem of the Dandenong ranges. Visitors often leave wishing ‘The Clemo’ was their local too!
The Signature Dish
A modern classic, their duck and mushroom pie was one of the few dishes that resides on both menus (their takeaway bar menu as well as their dine-in bistro menu.)
This signature transferred from Paradise Valley’s sibling restaurant under the same ownership, The Recreation, says chef Steve Nelson.
“Made using a French technique, the duck and mushroom pie is a modern classic. All cooked in-house, the dish is centred around its high-quality pastry, slow-cooked duck meat and exceptional sauce,” he says.
“The idea of having an Aussie pub with a signature pie was a no-brainer. The French method for pithivier combined with Victorian ducks and local mushrooms is a show stopper”.
The Duck and Mushroom Pie can be enjoyed any day of the week from 12pm until 9pm. Paradise Valley also runs their popular weeknight specials from Monday to Thursday where you can find a delicious steak, burger and curry and our AHA Award winning parma for only $20. Plus a hearty roast of the week Sunday nights.
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