East Ridge Platinum Cafe and Restaurant, Chirnside Park – $$$

LoveItWhat a pleasant surprise to find such a good restaurant hidden in this location!

We arrived early to a full restaurant. The interior was warmly lit with background music and lots of chatter from the other guests. It was loud enough that neighbouring customers couldn’t hear our conversation, but not so loud that I had to shout across the table to my wife.  Despite being cold outdoors, the restaurant was warm inside. My only complaint would be that I hate being seated in the middle of the room – a common problem when you reserve a table for two. (4.5/5)

We were shown straight to our table on arrival and water was served immediately after we were given menus. Drinks were offered and the starter order was taken and we were offered extra time to decide on our mains. The waitress was super friendly and extremely helpful. She even made some suggestions when asked. We never felt forgotten and not once did we feel rushed. (5/5)

The menu offers a great selection of starters, entrees, mains and desserts including the regulars (steak or fish) and some unusual dishes (beef cheeks or Bailey’s creme brulee). A good selection of beers (although I wouldn’t mind seeing more than 2 craft beers on the list!) and wine by the glass or by the bottle.

I had a Fat Yak and my wife enjoyed a glass of local red. We had the dips platter for a starter which had 3 dips – beetroot, tzatziki and spicy pumpkin – Persian feta and more than enough bread. I then ordered the Yarra Valley aged eye fillet (which was cooked to perfection) topped with red wine jus and served with green vegetables, mushrooms and potato greens. My wife ordered the grilled lamb tenderloin which was also perfectly pink in the middle and served with garlic rosti, green beans and a caponata. (4.5/5)

There was no room for dessert, but the chef’s selection tasting platter looked inviting.

There were also kids’ meals available if you want to bring the family along.

Considering the quality of the food, the service and and ambiance, this place is definitely value for money as it is not much pricier than some of the local pubs that serve similar meals! (5/5)

Overall, we had a fantastic experience on our wedding anniversary. This place is a hidden gem and I would definitely return again – at least to try that chef’s selection dessert! 94%

The starter was $19.00, the lamb dish was $32.00 and the steak was $36.00. The beer was $8.00 and the glass of wine was $9.00. We washed our dinner down with an espresso ($2.00) and a long black $3.00 – total $109.00

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