The Cellar Door
Town Square Eastland, 171/175 Maroondah Hwy,
Ringwood VIC 3134
If it’s been a while since your last visit to Eastland, or you haven’t made the effort to venture outside on the rooftop, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Hidden away in the corner of the town square, you’ll find this gem, The Cellar Door. While I had been there with girlfriends previously for drinks up on the rooftop bar – the place to be in Summer – I had never been there for lunch, or dinner in fact. The Cellar Door opens from 11.30am so it’s a great spot to head for an early lunch. Before we jump in to my full review, The Cellar Door has been incredibly generous in offering 15% off your bill for the month of July 2018 when you dine with them and mention “healthy karma” – I receive no commission or anything like that it is literally just for you guys to enjoy! How awesome is that.
I started my lunch affair with an almond milk chai latte… not my usual cappuccino you might be thinking. Well unfortunately they didn’t stock decaf coffee and I had already had my one coffee for the day (a new years resolution still going strong!) Being such a cold day I didn’t mind, I’m a huge chai lover and there’s nothing quite like a chai latte on a Winter’s day.
We are for the community, for the locally grown, for the small producer, the the artisan.
There is a real emphasis on both seasonal and produce with the menu, sourcing ingredients from the Yarra Valley. The About Us statement on the menu quotes: We are for the community, for the locally grown, for the small producer, the the artisan. I LOVE THAT. The menu features cheeses from Yarra Valley Dairy and Berrys Creek, while the meat plate features ham sourced from Berkshire Farm. The menu lists charcuterie (meat selection), a whole lot of small plates, then large plates. We decided on getting small plates then sharing; I’m a HUGE sharing fan, trying lots of different flavours, textures, and being able to swap and change is my favourite way to eat.
What we ordered: Soft shell bao bun, mushroom aranchini, bbq ribs, beetroot salad and the cauliflower and chicken popcorn. Everything was absolutely delicious and plated beautifully. The BBQ ribs literally fell off the bone, the aranchini was crispy on the outside and super creamy on the inside. My favourite would have to be the cauliflower and chicken popcorn, it was almost a game trying to figure out what you were going to get! My only criticism would be the bao bun, although the bun was soft and the filling was flavoursome, the crab itself had an overwhelming deep fried oil taste… Tom however didn’t seem to mind, finishing them off! The Cellar Door, with it’s gorgeous interior, friendly staff and seasonal menu is a great spot for your next weekend brunch with your lover, girlfriends or family.
Disclaimer: I was invited to The Cellar Door as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own, and are based on my experience at the time.