Eat & Drink
Pokolbin

Legends Restaurant

Taste South American flavours at their best in the Hunter Valley

Chateau Elan in the Hunter Valley most likely conjures up images of luxury day spas and cosy accommodation or perhaps leisurely days on the golf course.

While all of the above luxe and leisure is correct, Chateau Elan also houses Legends Restaurant, a glass house style dining experience that offers a South American sharing style menu that's unique to the Hunter Valley.

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Taking in the 180 degree views of The Vintage golf course Chef Praveen Leelavathy chats us through the menu concept,

“We liked the idea of offering a South American menu as there is nothing like it in the Hunter Valley, and we wanted to try something different.”

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Chef Praveen Leelavathy
"The menu itself is not so refined, we've taken a more relaxed approach. The flavours are uncomplicated and we've taken inspiration largely from Argentina and Peru, but amongst this you'll also discover Spanish, French, and even Japanese influence. It’s a real mix of cultures.
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“South America is a big continent so we incorporated a lot of countries into the menu, so there’s no scarcity of ingredients, and you can play around with the food and the different cuisines.” explains Praveen.

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“When you say what is South America, it’s not only typical South America but there are a lot of ingredients and flavours like chillies and tapioca, which were moved from South America centuries ago to Spain and other parts of the world. So there is a story and a history that you can tell with the menu.”

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Whilst the menu has many highlights there are two stand outs which are difficult to overlook. For meat lovers there is the almighty Tomahawk Steak, or for those more seafood inclined the Market Fish is a must. Marinated using the Peruvian Aji Amarillo spice, both dishes are made for sharing, however you would be forgiven for wanting to keep them all to yourself. 

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“The South American culture is very much all about sharing and we wanted to replicate that relaxed dining experience. The meals are quite light and uncomplicated, but there are no shortcuts with our cooking, most of the products we serve are made in house, for example the Jus takes us between 3 - 4 days to make.”

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“We don’t compromise in quality and cooking, I wanted to continue with the old traditional ways of cooking, no shortcuts and plated simply.”

Other dishes to look out for include the Slow-cooked Pork Belly on corn tortillas, baja and eshallots. The colourful Marinated Octopus with chorizo, and pineapple, and the Confit Duck Maryland with bean & chorizo fricassee and fig jus is a menu must. 

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Dessert is of course a slightly different story with the selection being a mix of your as expected Churros with Dulce de Leche ice cream, chili chocolate and cinnamon sugar, the Flan de Naranja and Chocolate Tart.  

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chateau elan legends grill hunter valley

“From Spanish we’ll move to Italian, than Pan Asian which will be an incorporation of Singapore, Malaysian, and some Indian flavours, and then we go back to Australia and New Zealand and think about using different flavours.”

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Legend’s Grill is all about gathering and sharing, the food is simple and beautifully presented and makes for a stunning dining experience.

Legends Restaurant

Vintage Drive, Pokolbin NSW 2320

Today - 0700 - 1000 1730 - late