One thing we can be almost certain of in coming to the North East of Victoria is that we will get a good feed at Simone's Of Bright. It is two great meals from two visits for us from this two hat rated restaurant. Forget the overly hyped big city cousins. Simone's is the real deal. And it isn't expensive. On long weekends Simone's has an $85 set menu. Still plenty of choice though. Enough choice to make choosing hard.
First choice for me though was a Brandy Alexander. I haven't had one of these creamy concoctions in years. Nothing like lining the stomach with cream.
Home made focaccia.
Caramelised onion soup with shaved pork hock and cauliflower florettes.
Tortino di polenta con ragu di funghi
Twice baked polenta souffle with wild mushroom ragu, shaved truffle pecorino.
Scallops, cauliflower purre, cottechino pork sausage.
Gnocchi al tartufo
Umbrian Gnocchetti, gorgonzola and taleggio, autumn black truffle.
Maiale locale arrosto con coppa fritta, tonno del chianti e mele seccho
Roasted Berkshire pork, fried lemon braised cheek, grilled radicchio, fennel, Wandi apple, Italian vincotto.
Classical version of this famous Italian dessert with Mauri mascarpone, Vittoria coffee, Italian pavasini biscuits, shaved chocolate.
Piatto di Cioccolato
Simone's chocolate plate; Dargo walnut brownie topped with white chocolate, baci ice cream, dark chocolate mousse cannoli, rich hot drinking chocolate.
Sorbetto di lupplo
Green galaxy hopped sorbet; variety unique to this valley.
Extraordinary. Best sorbet ever. Tasted hoppy but not overly so. Really unusual.
Campbells muscat. Another top drop but not as ridiculously smooth and delicious as the Campbells Merchant Prince Rare Muscat we had in Beechworth. That was seriously silky.
Simone's Of Bright is at 98 Gavan St. Bright Victoria and it has been awarded a well deserved 2 Hats from the Good Food Guide.