2015 Harwood Andrews Golden Plate Awards

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Maple Tree Lorne offers offers an impressive wine list

field mushrooms stuffed with blue swimmer crab, corriander, chile, lime and maple Tree's secret sauce

seafood linguine

duck breast with asparagus, raspberry and pinot noir sauce

salad of asparagus with pumpkin and ewe's milk cheese

blue eye cod with blue swimmer crab salad

Maple Tree's chef Joshua Harrison

the interior of the new venue for Maple Tree at 116 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne

baked lemon curd tart

2015 Awards

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final judges comments

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.

first judges comments

The Maple Tree Lorne is simply decorated,  homely and warm.  It feels as if you are in someone’s extended home kitchen/dining area. There was also nice background music being played at an enjoyable volume. Its menu and wine list is more sophisticated than the decor suggests.  I admire it when a restaurant makes the decision to limit their menu to perfect a few dishes and deliver them superbly and I enjoyed visiting Maple Tree. 

I had an entree of mushroom soup which was served in a shot glass. The soup was full-bodied and lush. The serving size was perfect for such a rich soup. My guests’ entree of grilled saganaki was superb. It was cooked well and maintained the cheeses plump and firm texture, and was paired with mandarin segments that added a fresh citrus burst to cut through the richness of the salty Kafalagraviera. Some dishes at Maple Tree are exceptional, like the crème brûlée which was utterly divine. The caramel crust was perfectly caramelised and the custard was delicate and creamy. 

The wine list at Maple Tree is fantastic and despite the fact that most drops are served by the bottle wine lovers will be spoilt for choice. The Noble One Botrytis Semillon 2007 ($16 glass) dessert wine was delicious. A great match with the cheese platter as the Botrytis had a gorgeous after taste of stewed fruit. There were many wines to select from including local wines and you would feel spoilt for choice.  The wine connoisseurs will really enjoy exploring the wine list. 

Our waitress was very friendly and polite, and able to give , or find, answers to all of our questions. Our table was clean and nicely laid. 

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
cuisineContemporary Australian - seasonally and culturally inspired
Nominations for 2015 AwardsOverall 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 availableyes
price guide
- Entreefrom $6.00 to $26.00
- Mainfrom $22.00 to $48.00
- Dessert$14.00
Wine - Glassfrom $8.00 to $18.00
Wine - Bottlefrom $32.00 to $3,000.00
trading days and hours
Mondaydinner from 5.30 pm to late
Tuesdaydinner from 5.30 pm to late
Wednesdaydinner from 5.30 pm to late
Thursdaydinner from 5.30 pm to late
Fridaydinner from 5.30 pm to late
Saturdaydinner from 5.30 pm to late
Sundaylunch from 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm
dinner from 5.30 pm to late

cards acceptedVisa, Mastercard and Amex
contact details
street address116 Mountjoy Parade
parking availabilityStreet Parking
phone number(03) 5289 1004

2015 Harwood Andrews Golden Plate Awards

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