Voyager Estate 2018 Winner

Put simply, Voyager Estate blew us away.

There we were expecting a well-cooked, sound and competent menu. What we got had The Good Food Guide reviewers talking for days about tastes, flavours, techniques, beauty and a goose-bumpy thrill ride.

Chef Santiago Fernandez has firmly stamped his presence on this previously old-school, conservative winery restaurant with cooking full of excitement, pyrotechnics and clever ideas. At the same time, his food is stylish. It doesn’t shout for attention. It doesn’t need to. Preparation for some of the dishes may take multitudes of ingredients, techniques and days, but when Fernandez plates up, his dishes are usually simple, restrained and artistic.

But as good as Fernandez is, Voyager would be nothing if it wasn’t a complete package. The service out front is killer. It is quiet and assured. The team leaders are bright, knowledgeable and smoothly solicitous in an utterly genuine way. You will be spoiled but not smothered, loved but not fawned over and you’ll be treated like an adult. Want a small stool for your handbag to keep it off the floor? It is offered before you ask. Like the feeling of thick linen on your lips? Look no further. Perhaps you enjoy the exquisite design of unique crockery, plump cushions and informed wine service? Voyager Estate is all those things, which makes it a worthy winner of this year’s Regional Restaurant of The Year Award.

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But as good as Fernandez is, Voyager would be nothing if it wasn’t a complete package. The service out front is killer. It is quiet and assured. The team leaders are bright, knowledgeable and smoothly solicitous in an utterly genuine way. You will be spoiled but not smothered, loved but not fawned over and you’ll be treated like an adult."