The Anchor in Autumn – New Menu & Midweek Specials

You’ll want to hoist the sail and head to Elwood pronto!

Since opening at the end of last year, Anchor has been impressing guests with its Mediterranean inspired dishes and people have knot been disappointed with the quality local produce that is carefully sourced by co-owner Rosalin Virnik.

With the changing of the season comes a change of course for the menu and Anchor has launched a number of new seasonal dishes to complement the signature dishes that remain. In addition, Tuesdays and Wednesdays offer guests some menu specials.

The Tide Over starters include Caviar Tartlet (potato crusted tratlet, silky custard topped with yarra Valley caviar), Octopus (octopus glazed in harissa oil and date molasses, charred onions and soft herbs) and Cauliflower (macadamia hummus served with cauliflower cooked two ways, herbs and barberries).

Main courses are a shore thing with dishes including Fish of the Day (fresh wild caught fish fillet, pan fried, served with chickpeas, green beans, muhammara), Spatchcock (flame grilled Milawa spatchcock served with hummus, yoghurt & pomegranate salsa) and Vincotto-Glazed Eggplant (eggplant baked with bourghul, prune & herb stuffing, glazed with spiced vincotto.

Alongside options include house made Flatbread, Green Beans & Broccolini, Pumpkin, Duck Fat Potatoes, Green Freekeh Salad and Leaf Salad.

The Sweet Treasure desserts have had a new addition join the crew, a Sumac-Lemon Tart (tangy tart made with fresh lemon curd, spiced with sumac).

“At Anchor, it is all about the produce,” says Rosalin Virnik. “Our dishes have been designed to showcase ingredients that have been selected on their merit, without compromises.

“For example, our slow cooked lamb is created from organic, Salt Bush Dorper lamb from Gary’s Meats, the Halloumi is by Dreaming Goat in Macedon Shire, our eggplants are sourced from local growers by Pino’s Fine Produce, our Extra Virgin Olive Oil is by Mount Zero Olives and our lavender-honey ice cream is made for Anchor by Little Sky Gelato in Brighton.

“We want our guests to not only have a fantastic dining experience where they enjoy every bite, but also feel nourished through the Mediterranean style of cooking.”

Two new midweek specials provide the perfect excuse to raise the anchor and head out.

Tuesdays now offer a two-course set menu special for $50 per person. With a choice of three starters, mains and desserts. It’s the ideal excuse for midweek date night or catch up with friends.

Wednesdays see a weekly rotating offering that will have people sailing back through the doors time and again:

  • Duck & Pinot – $45pp including Confit Duck and a glass of ‘Are You Game?’ Pinot Noir
  • Beef Wellington – $40 per serve
  • Seafood Pie – $40 per serve
  • Crepes for Dessert – $20 per serve, choice of Crepe Suzette, Chocolate Crepe, Apple & Cinnamon Crepe
  • Producer Dinner (on months where there are five Wednesdays)

With a menu that lets the ingredients shine through, Anchor is building a reputation as a destination for approachable fine dining with expertly prepared dishes.

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