Big Spoon Little Spoon is a handsome restaurant serving food with big flavours, in Warragul, Victoria. I visited on the recommendation of Young Chef of the Year 2015 nominee, Blayne Bertoncello from O.MY in Beaconsfield. Head Chef and owner Leigh Marino has lovely chef-y pedigree like that. Marino has previously served a stint at Oyster Little Burke and The Estelle in Northcote. He is also a local boy returned home, all very good things for anyone living in Warragul. I was a local Warragul girl myself once, so I have quite the soft spot for the place and I am stoked to see such a standout restaurant gracing its main street.
After much deliberation, and an amazing glass of bubbles from Narkoojee Winery, we decided to order the five course Chef’s selection dinner. Much of the produce here at Big Spoon Little Spoon is locally sourced, and the Chef’s tasting menu allows Chef Marino free hand in showcasing this great produce. A huge, sweeping mural on the wall as you enter the restaurant is also a great reminder that you are eating local Gippsland produce.
First course was red and orange pickled beetroot with homemade ricotta. She’s pretty, don’t you think?
Next was a Poached free range egg, mushroom veloutè and freekah dish that I think this was probably my favourite dish of the night, with all the flavours working to perfection and the runny, gooey egg holding it all together. I did not manage a photo of this one, so you will just have to visit and try it for yourself.
The other standout dish was the Duck Confit, with the duck alternating between crispy and tender in all the right places.
We also ate a homemade pasta dish with mortadella, coriander and master stock. This one confused my palate a little, I’d love to hear what other people think of it.
A dessert dish with apple, custard and chocolate mousse.
And the ultimate, party pleaser, lime doughnuts with lime curd, honey cream and freeze-dried raspberries.
On the whole, the dishes were all well-balanced and full of very big flavours. I did struggle to eat my way through that many courses as they were all quite well sized. Luckily my dining companion has no such problem. The dining room itself was lovely and tables were placed far enough apart to enable private conversation, even once the room filled up. Service was responsive and friendly.
Dinner at Big Spoon Little Spoon will cost you $50 for two courses or $60 for 3 courses. The 5 course Chef’s selection dinner will set you back $70 pp plus $40 with matching wines.
We had a lovely dinner at Big Spoon Little Spoon and I can understand why people travel to Warragul just to try Marino’s food. Overall it is a standout addition to the local dining scene.
Great food in a sweet town from a talented chef.
Just make sure you try a glass of the Narkojee sparkling when you arrive. Or maybe a eatmystreet day trip is in order…..