Nominated in 2019 for Best contemporary dining
What the First judges said in 2019
Entering Jack Rabbit eyes are drawn to the stunning views of Corio Bay, the huge sky, vineyards and manicured lawns. Inside the immaculate restaurant linen covered tables are well spaced and angled to capture the views. Chef Dwayne Bourke uses great talent and superb local ingredients to satisfy the most fastidious foodies. Highlights included textbook perfect terrine, with crispy skin and beautifully balanced cranberry and mushroom sauce, Drysdale Cheese Haloumi in crumbed discs with exceptional palate balance, Pork Loin presented with a stunning quince tart, and any vegetarian would relish the gnocchi with exceptional colours, textures, and flavours, or Panna Cotta and Honey Cake both evidence of exceptional skills and techniques. But it was the attention to detail that impressed most. Even the delicious bread is house made, and the beverage list included a great choice of house wines and external drops. Customer service was equally professional. This gorgeous restaurant delivers fantastic value for money add provides one of Victoria’s most impressive dining experiences. Its outstanding.
Superb ambience, setting and views. High standards of food quality and presentation. Great attention to detail. Professional customer service. Excellent value for money. An outstanding dining experience.
Second Judges’ Report in 2019 coming soon
What the judges said in 2018
Jack Rabbit has always been a must visit if you’re in the Bellarine tasting some of the region’s best wines, or a “must visit” if you want a lazy coffee while taking in spectacular views of vineyards and the ocean backdrop. And now there has been a dramatic change in the kitchen that places Jack Rabbit firmly on the map for Foodies. The menu is all about local foods with all the elements that make a great menu. Contemporary techniques well executed, traditional techniques taken to another level, well thought out and creative combinations, great use of seasonal produce and each dish presented like works of art. Stand outs included the Slow Cooked Eggs, Salmon and Lamb Mains, Pork Belly and Beetroot Fondant. Jack Rabbit ticks all the boxes!
Sensational setting overlooking vineyards to Corio Bay. Excellent food quality and presentation. Imaginative use of local produce. Friendly and helpful customer service. Great drinks menu. Great value for money.
What the Second judge said in 2018
“One of Victoria’s premier dining destinations”
The wines, foods and views alone make Jack Rabbit a perfect dining destination. You could spend hours indulging in the delights on offer. On entering the restaurant with large floor to ceiling windows you will be stunned by the breathtaking views of Corio Bay and the picturesque countryside. The menu was well presented and easy to follow. Entrees and mains had five choices and dessert had four. Each dish featured mouth-watering and tempting ingredients. The chef included many from the region and offered good gluten free options. The presentation of each dish was superb and a work of art. The wine and drinks list was extensive, informative and the choices good. There was a good selection of coffees and teas and while Jack Rabbit is not cheap the pricing was sensible and value for money very good. Visitors from Melbourne should take the ferry service from Docklands and a taxi from Portarllngton to complete the Jack Rabbit experience.
Sensational views of Corio Bay, quality foods, drinks and presentation, a focus on local produce, sensible pricing, and good value for money.
2018 State Awards
Finalist Best Contemporary Dining sponsored by Comcater
2017 Regional Awards
- REGIONAL WINNER Best Menu of Local Foods Sponsored by Western Plains Pork
- HIGHLY COMMENDED Best Regional Contemporary Dining Sponsored by Comcater P/L
- HIGHLY COMMENDED Peter Watson Memorial Award for Best Chef David Warmisham Sponsored by Luxury Escapes
- FINALIST Best Customer Service Sponsored by European Affair
- FINALIST Most Outstanding Front of House Person Martijn van Leent Sponsored by Maxim PR & Marketing
- FINALIST Best Cellar of Local Wines Beers and Ciders Sponsored by Furphy