Studying engineering was quickly overtaken by Maxwell's curiosity of food and flavours. He is excited by life and brings this energy into the kitchen, inspiring all around him.
Born and bred in the Yarra Valley, Maxwell has been cooking since childhood,
and his food highlights local and seasonal produce. Maxwell also has a keen
passion for all things wine and has a great understanding of the synergy
between food and wine and the great joys derived from pairing the two.
Why Choose Tarrawarra?
Nestled amidst the lush vineyards and rolling hills of the Yarra Valley, TarraWarra Estate offers more than just a dining experience; it offers a journey. A journey that begins with the rich history of the land we are privileged to occupy, a land originally stewarded by the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. The term ‘Tarrawarra’ itself, a Woiwurrung word, translates to ‘slow-moving water,’ aptly describing the serene environment that surrounds us.
A Seasonal Symphony
Our Head Chef, Maxwell Parlas, crafts a seasonal menu that is a symphony of flavors, textures, and aromas. Each dish is a tribute to the fertile grounds of our kitchen garden and the local suppliers who share our commitment to quality and sustainability.
What would a meal be without the perfect wine to accompany it? At TarraWarra, wine; it’s an experience. Our vineyards produce some of the finest wines in the Yarra Valley, each bottle a testament to the unique terroir that defines this site.
Sustainability: A Core Philosophy
We believe in giving back to the land that gives so much to us. Our commitment to sustainability is not just a buzzword; it’s a core philosophy. From our kitchen garden to our partnerships with local suppliers, we strive for a dining experience that is as sustainable as it is unforgettable.
A Destination, Not Just a Restaurant
TarraWarra Estate Restaurant is more than just a place to eat; it’s a destination. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, our restaurant offers a sanctuary of culinary delight and natural beauty. With sweeping views of the Yarra Valley, an expansive outdoor dining area, and a menu that changes with the seasons, every visit is a new adventure.
So, why wait? Come and embark on a journey that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. At TarraWarra Estate Restaurant, every meal is a celebration of connection, land, and the incredible flavors reflecting our sense of place.