final judges comments in 2011:
I wish there were more restaurants like Maple Tree Lorne. It was individual to the point of eccentricity, showing the mood and style of its owners. The focus was on the food and wine, and providing a surprising range of choices. The decor was simple, and the restaurant small. The mood may be relaxed, but there's nothing casual about eating at Maple Tree. The division of the easy-to-read menu into small, medium and large plates enabled diners to choose food to suit their appetites. Maple Tree is a great asset to the Great Ocean Road. Small restaurant, smaller kitchen, and a menu well designed to cope with the limited facilities.
The Maple Tree menu is augmented by a blackboard list of the daily specials, choices of small plates, and the options of small, medium and large plates. This is very clever and enables guests to match their own appetites. The oyster mushrooms with micro herbs was a wonderful dish - very simple and excellent, showing off the flavour and texture of the mushrooms. The shredded snow peas with the salt and pepper calamari were an essential part of the flavour balance. Good salmon, crisp-skinned, with spinach (dish of the day) and excellent dukkah-crusted lamb cutlets. The menu at Maple Tree would not be out of place in a larger restaurant. It is extremely well designed for its location in a seaside town making it possible to construct equally good casual or more formal meals.
There was a great selection of wine, beer and spirits available, with quite a few local wines froas well as other Victorian and imported drops. There are eleven wines available by the glass (one for each varietal) plus four dessert wines, with the bottled wines ranging in price from $35 up to $3,000. The wine connoisseurs will really enjoy the wine list which has good provision for all budgets. There are well chosen wines at lower prices and some excellent extravagances (Salon champagne, for example, and Hill of Grace).
The mood at Maple Tree is relaxed, but the waiters are unusually attentive. Twice we were offered a taste of a wine before we ordered it. The waiter asked what our plans were for the following day, and suggested a visit to the Erskine Falls, which his father (a park ranger) said had rarely looked better. When he didn't know the answers to any of our questions he immediately checked with the chef and promptly returned.
Good coffee was served here - we left with a good taste in our mouths.
In terms of value for money you can eat lots, eat little, drink modestly, drink expensively - it's all possible at Maple Tree. The setting is simple, but everything delivers here - food, wine and service.
what they say
|During 2011 Maple Tree Lorne has been preparing to relocate to a new venue at 116 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne. The new restaurant has several dinning areas and seating for up to 120 guests. The quality of foods, wines, customer service, and value for money of Maple Tree remain the same. |
Thank you to all our many customers who have made this move possible. We look forward to serving you again in our new home.
Joshua Harrison and Bree Booke
|Maple Tree Lorne|
|type of venue ||Restaurant - Relaxed Dining|
|cuisine||Contemporary Australian - seasonally and culturally inspired|
|Previous Golden Plate Awards||HIGHLY COMMENDED – BEST CHEF 2011 (JOSHUA HARRISON)|
HIGHLY COMMENDED – BEST CELLAR OF LOCAL WINES 2011
FINALIST – BEST RESTAURANT RELAXED CONTEMPORARY DINING 2011
FINALIST – BEST MENU OF LOCAL FOODS 2011
|Nominations for 2015 Awards||Overall Winner Golden Plate Awards 2010 Geelong Otway Region |
Winner Best Restaurant Relaxed Contemporary Dining 2010 Geelong Otway Region
|head chef ||Joshua Harrison|
|gluten-free foods available||yes|
|- Entree||from $6.00 to $26.00|
|- Main||from $22.00 to $48.00|
|Wine - Glass||from $8.00 to $18.00|
|Wine - Bottle||from $32.00 to $3,000.00|
|trading days and hours|
|Monday||dinner from 5.30 pm to late|
|Tuesday||dinner from 5.30 pm to late|
|Wednesday||dinner from 5.30 pm to late|
|Thursday||dinner from 5.30 pm to late|
|Friday||dinner from 5.30 pm to late|
|Saturday||dinner from 5.30 pm to late|
|Sunday||lunch from 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm|
dinner from 5.30 pm to late
|cards accepted||Visa, Mastercard and Amex|
|street address||116 Mountjoy Parade|
|parking availability||Street Parking|
|phone number||(03) 5289 1004|