Since opening in March of this year, Radius Bar & Grill has given Marysville a new lease on life, bringing travellers and tourists to the town that was so badly affected by the bushfires of Black Saturday in 2009. Not only have locals embraced the food at Radius, but Melbourne’s foodies are also flocking to the small town to enjoy the menu created by Executive Chef Leigh Colville.
Having grown up in the Yarra Valley, Leigh credits growing up enjoying the area’s outstanding local produce for his obsession with food. Working at several of Victoria’s best restaurants – Chateau Yering, The Press Club, St Katherine’s (now Hellenic Republic) and Shane Delia’s Maha, he is now more than happy to be part of the rejuvenation of the area by brining his creativity to Radius. “Having the opportunity to work with top-notch seasonal ingredients from the Yarra Valley every day is the driving force behind my creative inspiration. This allows me to adopt a more back-to-basics approach, letting the produce be the superstar,” Leigh said.
In addition, Colville’s ties with the region have enabled him to cultivate strong, personal relationships with many local producers, giving him an edge over chefs who rely on intermediaries to supply their products. “Working with local farmers and growers directly means quality at Radius will never be compromised; just the freshest of ingredients hand-selected by me or delivered directly to our door each day, with the added benefit of supporting our local businesses and economy.” And local it is – the name Radius is a playful tribute to the restaurant’s 85 per cent locally sourced produce within a 100km radius of the venue.
Serving modern Australian cuisine, Radius Bar & Grill delivers food that is simple and fresh with a focus on slow cooked meats over a wood flame. So what can you expect to see on the menu? Blackmore Wagyu beef, Killara Rise lamb and whole cuts of pork are cooked over a wood fire grill and wood fire rotisserie, also used to house-smoke Buxton Trout. House made sourdough-based pizzas are baked in a custom-made stone pizza oven. And for those looking for something a little lighter, Radius Café serves local ingredients sandwiched between slices of freshly baked bread produced in-house.
While the food itself is worth the trip to Marysville, let’s not forget that the town is located only 90 minutes from Melbourne and the Vibe Hotel Marysville offers not only spectacular view of the Yarra Ranges National Park and Cathedral Ranges, but also the chance to relax and unwind at The Spa. Whether you’re looking for an hour’s relaxation or a full day of pampering, The Spa at Marysville provides the ultimate in boutique spa experiences. Perfect for a romantic retreat or a girls pampering weekend, you can enjoy treatments in the spa itself, or treat yourself to a range of luxurious ‘in room’ spa choices.
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