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Address: 86 Ford Street, Beechworth
Bank on exceptional local fare with a dashi of Japanese flair at this award-winning Beechworth restaurant.
Rich with gold-rush grandeur, the restaurant is housed in the former Bank of Australasia, built in 1856. Neck-wrecking high ceilings feature ornate rosettes; the former vault safeguards local treasure: wines from the North East region.
Owner-chef Michael Ryan's east-meets-west menu features local, seasonal produce prepared with Japanese ingredients and techniques that has won the restaurant a swathe of awards and two chefs hats in The Age Good Food Guide.
Dine in the old bank rooms or al fresco under the apple tree – and let your friends pick up the cheque. Dinner done? Hold your horses – there are four luxury suites, once the stables and carriage house, in a private courtyard at the back of the property. Eat, sleep, repeat.