Banjos I found an interesting bakery because its coffee section included coffees with many 'shot' options of liqueur. Expensive I'm sure to drink coffee this way, but I was almost tempted, just because it was different.
Besides all the usual types of breads, the bakery had a good range of pastries.
What amused me about this bakery (and indeed many shops in Mildura) when I went in there at morning tea time, was that though it was at least 15 degrees outside, everybody was acting as though it was freezing cold, and they had these huge gas heaters on stands inside and outside the bakery.
I guess it just shows how little cold weather they get up there at the edge of the desert.
Favorite Dish: I tried a vegetable and bacon quiche which was rather good.
Huge range of choices, from pies and quiches to sandwiches, foccacias and dessert pastries.
It's such a huge operation that you need to take a number on entering, and wait in the queue. I found the service after 12 noon tended to be rather slow.....like almost 15 minutes, even with many people serving..... fortunately though my lunch was delicious!
I recommend you get there just before the noon lunch rush....
Favorite Dish: I had a kind of pumpkin bread foccacia with olives and vegetables and sundried tomatoes on which was quite delicious and at $5.50 one of their middle of the range priced items.
Mildura is not the place you expect to find the place voted the Best Restaurant of the Year 2004 by The Age newspaper, but it is.
Part of the Grand Hotel complex run by the Carazza family, this small (60 places), intimate restaurant is found in the cellars of the building dating from the beginning of the 19th century (sadly, over redevelopment in the 1920s and subsequent building has left little to the original).
But that can be overlooked as you enter the restaurant that preferably needs to be booked at least one week in advance, whatever day of the week you want to dine (its open Mon-Saturday).
A low-ceilinged, candle-lit corridor is basically the restaurant! A series of tables for two line one wall (a heavy-doored former cool room off to one side offers tables for bigger parties). A bevy of young waitresses/waiters look after your every need.
On booking you are informed that the restaurant offers only one set menu of 5 courses served over a 3 hour period. 7-8pm are the booking times...
Favorite Dish: What can you say? It deserves every accolade it receives. 5 courses and you have no idea what they will be until they turn up - chef Stefano decides on the day what he will serve that evening. Fresh, clean tastes assault your tastebuds - the word that sprang to mind was 'soft' !! Soft textures, soft, complementary tastes - octopus followed by deep fried zucchini flowers with goat's cheese, followed by pasta that melted in your mouth (who needs sorbet!), a main course of chicken that, if pressed bounced back into place. All courses (except the pasta) are served to share. But then comes the dessert.....Two separate plates are presented: if you are a chocolate cake lover you'll not want to share your plate of the lightest but richest flour free cake/wild cherries with the equally fantastic creamiest panacotta and wild raspberries.
The wine encyclopedia is equally wonderous.
And A$85 per person is what it'll cost you.
Taco Bills may be a chain Mexican restaurant, but the menu isn't always standard wherever you go, so there can be some especially nice surprises.
The best surprise here was that it was 1/2 price everything night (Tuesday) when we happened to be in town....the place was absolutely packed and there was an hour wait for food, even a 1/2 an hour wait for a table, but we didn't mind, and it was a nice evening out to wander the nearby mall and see the city lit up nicely at night, then come back.
My husband came back to Mildura for work a few weeks later, also on 1/2 price night, with the same busy restaurant. As he couldn't get a table, they took his mobile phone number, and he went for a walk. Calling him when his food was ready I thought was great customer service! I've never encountered that before anywhere.
Favorite Dish: I usually go for the Chicken enchilada suprema or something like that - I like just about everything.
The decor inside Taco Bills was very nice, bright and Mexican...though we didn't quite understand the significance of all the motor racing posters and memorabilia around the walls as well.
Restaurant made famous by Stefano's TV Program the Gondola on the Murray. Located in the Grand Hotel.
Favorite Dish: Modern Australian cooking with European influences, take a look at the Menu !!