Took me a while but there’s part 2 of our Mildura trip and I’m definitely missing our time there, we had so much time to relax and rejuvenate from our usually busy schedule. Anyhow, I emailed Visit Mildura the tourism board for some tips and recommendations for places to go, they kindly invited me to dine at Seasons’ restaurant to try their dishes with a focus on using local produce.
I soon realised that most restaurants were located on Langtree Ave and Ninth St in Mildura, which can make parking a bit of a hassle, but other than that, we had no troubles finding Seasons which is actually part of the Mildura Grand Hotel where Stefanos is downstairs in the basement.
We arrived a couple of minutes late and was greeted by the owner and operator Andy Williams, he jokes “how can a food expert be late for their own meal?” hahaha that is true… I really need to work on being more punctual and not being late all the time :P I noticed that there was another restaurant on the left which Andy explains to me is The new Spanish Bar & Grill which they also operate.
Andy offered us a drink to start of with and I immediately went the Somerby Cider on tap as it’s one of my favourite ones, light and crisp is how I would describe it ~
Mr Bao chose the Double Press Dry Cider which we haven’t seen before, and we could definitely taste the difference, much stronger in flavour and not as sweet. Wonder if I can find this in liquor stores in Melbourne.
To start of our meal, Mr Bao surprised me by ordering the spicy prawn with buttermilk pumpkin soup, because he’s never voluntarily ordered or ate pumpkin. He has nothing against it but simply isn’t a fan of it. I on the other hand, love pumpkin so I was thrilled he ordered this otherwise I would have hehe. The soup was more like a very thick puree with with spicy prawns, dollop of cream and also cayenne pepper which provided the spiciness. And I’m warning those who can’t take spice to reconsider before ordering this soup, I thought it was perfect because I love spicy food and the prawns were so big and so flavoursome.
I went for a lighter starter and chose the Local Zucchini fritters with garlic yoghurt tzatziki, the fritters were lightly coated and deep fried, giving it that crispiness on the outside but still remaining warm and fluffy inside.
I ordered the Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon for my main and it had all my favourite on one plate The salmon was grilled to perfection with a great crust but still keeping it lightly pink in the middle. It also came with cauliflower puree, green bean and cherry tomato salad and also a little creamed horseradish on top. It was another lighter main but still feeling which meant I still had lots of room for dessert :)
Mr Bao is a true meat eater, so he got the Grass-fed eye fillet, wrapped in bacon with a potato croquette, crouton and a creamy mushroom sauce with also a bed go green beans. A very hearty dish with a generous cut of meat, the bacon was a simple addition, however, provided so much more flavour! We both agree we should try copying this idea and adding some bacon to our steak next time we have it at home ~
I’m a huge sucker for all puddings especially sticky date! Quite unique for them to pair it with sesame ice-cream, surprisingly worked quite well and gave it a more Asian twist to a very traditional English dessert ~
We also tried the Chocolate Almond Cake with poached Quince on top. These are relatively new fruit to me, because growing up my parents never bought quince, it’s quite interesting to know quinces are actually yellow in colour and have a similar texture to pears. But when they’re poached for a period of time, they slowly turn into a reddish orange colour. The cake was wonderfully moreish and I really enjoyed the thick layer of chocolate ganache.
Mr Bao and I had a chat with Andy the owner and he said that they use to work at Stefanos before opening his own restaurants and even though it gets busy and tough he really enjoys what he does. Andy and his wife Mandy decided to name their restaurants Seasons because they want to change the menu according to seasons and use as many local produces as possible. I think they’ve done a great job in showcasing local produce. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Seasons and we’re looking forward to returning on our next visit.
Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Mr Bao dined as Guests of Seasons Restaurant and Visit Mildura.
After all that food, we got back to our cottage to a very excited puppy and we were soon in a food coma. I made sure we set our alarms to get up early because I wanted to visit the Sunraysia Farmers Markets that held at Jaycee Park, 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month starting at 8am to 12pm.
We arrived at just past 9am and it was already quite busy and it took us a while to find parking, Mildura was colder than I expected so I was glad we had all our big jackets and scarfs on. The market was separated into two sides, one was where all the food stalls were and in the middle were table and chairs. Other side had more art and craft such as handmade paintings, jewellery and some antiques.
We must have arrived at a busy time, there were long queues everywhere, so we decided to walk around the market before we decided what we wanted. We stopped by a stall which sold pre made soups and got a Thai Pumpkin Soup each.
The soup was very smooth and creamy with fresh chives sprinkled on top. If we weren’t leaving so soon, I would have definitely bought a package or two of the soup home with me :) It was the perfect to warm both our stomach and hands.
The stalls sold a lot of local produce and most Australians would remember the advertising effort in the late 80s and 90s which promotes Mildura for its oranges. So being the tourist that I am, of course I bought a bag back with me hehe
I was also told that Mildura produces the largest quality of almonds in Australia so I stopped by to grab a bag of almond flour and some very addictive smoked almonds which taste like they have been coated in bacon. I also picked up a couple of handmade cookies for our little puppy Cupcake which he appreciated.
And just in case you were wondering, Sunraysia Farmers Market is 100% dog friendly as long as your dog is on a leash and remains calm I assume :) Cupcake has such a good time sniffing around and making new friends with every dog and person he came across.
I also saw some interesting vegetables that I’ve never seen before such as these Budhas Hands. Has anyone cooked or seem these before? I’d love to know what they taste like!
We then wondered back to the main food stall and Mr Bao queued up, while I stayed back to mind our table. For about $9 you can get a full plate of breakfast and a whole table full of condiments mainly homemade chutneys and jams to choose from.
I don’t exactly remember how much the big breakfast was, but I’m pretty sure it was under $10 which is very affordable. It came with bacon, pork sausage, baked beans, fried egg, some broccoli and toasted bread. A very a homey and delicious breakfast, we particularly liked the pork sausage.
I got a toasted muesli with poached quince and creamy Greek yoghurt. Another simple breakfast, but the poached quince was so beautiful so soft and sweet. Mr Bao also got us some freshly squeezed orange juice which wasn’t as sweet as I expected but I guess that’s because it’s 100% juice and no sugar added ~
All three of us – Mr Bao, Cupcake and myself all had a wonderful time at Sunraysia Farmers Market and would recommend it to anyone who wants to experience life as a local Mildurian :D And don’t forget to bring the little furry kids!
1st and 3rd Saturday every Month
Jaycee Park, Mildura
Telephone: 0439 252 342