Experience No.068 in Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences.
Just what the doctor ordered – that’s how the food tastes at Tonic.
Tony Worland came to the NSW town of Millthorpe just south of Orange with a first-class education, so no wonder the food is fantastic. Mentored by Gordon Ramsey, Michael Manners and Matt Moran, Worland sweated it out in London and Sydney restaurants before going bush and never looked back.
“My favourite country restaurant.” – Matt Moran
Though nearby Orange gets more attention, Worland’s hard work has expanded the region’s foodie reputation to include his small town. From a converted general store, the team at Tonic use local produce to create seasonal menus causing taste sensations.
Worland picked up a few tricks in high-end restaurants like Sydney’s Aria, and translates rustic dishes like roasted lamb rack into elegant showcases of regional produce.
Sit looking out onto the quaint town through floor-to-ceiling windows while sample local joys like Mandagery Creek Venison cooked with beetroot and duck liver parfait. Tim Hansen, owner of Mandagery Creek Venison, says Worland is changing the way people see regional food: “He’s doing the most amazing job out there.”
Local farmers supply most of the produce Worland puts into his kitchen and the quality control tells in every bite of the food on your plate.
Where: 30 Victoria St, Millthorpe NSW. (02) 6366 3811, www.tonicmillthorpe.com.au
Did you know: Tonic will be hosting several Orange F.O.O.D week dinners in 2010, including a night where diners get to keep the plates handmade by Sally Jane ceramics.