Kazuki’s in Daylesford & gorgeous autumn colors

We visited Daylesford, again. There is no doubt this small town is one of my favourite “local” destination. The town is full of styles and personalities.

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This was my first visit in autumn, and it felt as though time ran in another dimension in this small town. While in Melbourne, autumn colors were just appearing, red and autumn colors were everywhere in Daylesford…

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Our normal destination for lunch is the Lake House. But this time around, wanting something different, we headed to Kazuki’s. Settled in an old building at the end of the busy Vincent Street, the restaurant was run by Chef Kazuki in the kitchen and his wife Saori in front of house. I would describe their cuisine as fusion Japanese, combining elements of Japanese cuisines with Western techniques and local produces.

We arrived early, and the restaurant was not busy for a Saturday lunchtime service. The service was attentive and polite.

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The highlight of the meal was definitely Mr. B’s Braised goat, celeriac, spiced daigaku imo, truffle pecorino. The goat was raised locally, and this dish did it justice. The dish had that balance of tender, gamey meat, spices and buttery crunchy phyllo roll. Served with Japanese style glazed sweet potatoes, it made perfect lunch dish. I ordered the duck dish, which had rare cooked duck breast, fried parsnip and foie gras “spring roll”. A fine dish where the natural duck flavours shined through. I personally prefer a bit of spices or zing here though.

Other mains were solid, but did not quite achieve the same level of finesse. My MIL’s Ocean trout, miso chowder, karasumi, Wombat Forest Organic´s vegetables was simple and delicate (I did taste a spoonful of the miso chowder, and it was dreamy good). My sister’s grass fed eye fillet with duck fat roasted potato was solid but uninspiring.

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Desserts was standard flair. Molten chocolate cake – apple pie with milk gelato – Lemon Verbena crème brûlée, seasonal sorbet. The brûlée was forgettable, but milk gelato? Yes, please.

Kazuki’s is a solid offering in the exciting dining scene of Daylesford. The food wasn’t cheap, but matched with the quality of cooking and ingredients. …

After the meal we walked around town, enjoyed craft and vintage shops. Daylesford is especially pretty in this time of the year. Do come and enjoy!

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32 Responses to Kazuki’s in Daylesford & gorgeous autumn colors

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    I love autumn! What lovely food.

  2. karen smith says:

    Cool blog..Yummy yummy dishes,nice photos..Now i can have all my favorite dishes without losing my fitness because i got Food Lovers Fat Loss Diet Plan.It's quite amazing plan without any exercise or losing your favorite dishes..

  3. Hannah says:

    I would never have thought milk gelato would be stunning, but I trust you! I also love those purple leaves :D

  4. Katia says:

    I like these pictures and their lovely colours, and I admire the delicious dishes too!

  5. Jennifer (Delicieux) says:

    I haven't been to Daylesford in so long, but when I lived in Melbourne it was my favourite weekend getaway. It's just such a beautiful place. Kazuki's looks amazing, and that molten chocolate cake is calling my name.

  6. Christine Ho says:

    Beautiful autumn scenes. Couldn't be better to have these lovely lunch dishes in such a beautiful town.

  7. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Such gorgeous autumn colors, makes me wish we got a proper fall here. You just don't get a feel for the seasons here in California, although the trade off is mild weather all year round.

  8. Angie's Recipes says:

    oh my…I am in love with those autumn clicks. You are AWESOME!

  9. cara waters says:

    the photos of the autumn leaves are just stunning. You have made me realise that it is far too long since I last went to Daylesford.

  10. Cocoa and Lavender says:

    You had me at "foie gras spring roll!" Oh, it all sounds pretty wonderful and the photos are gorgeous, as always. ~ David

  11. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Kazuki's sounds like a very nice place. I love autumn in Japan but not so much in California as we don't really have real autumn. Seems like you have beautiful autumn season there. I like his nice clean look of the dishes.

  12. mjskit says:

    Those colors are incredible! We don't get the blue and purples here so I'm amazed! Your lunch has me starving! :)

  13. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

    Gorgeous photos and delicious foods. Happy Autumn :)

  14. Nic@diningwithastud says:

    Stunning photos :D

  15. Eri says:

    What lovely pictures! Autumn is amazing!

  16. Yasmeen says:

    Anh as usual your photography is incredibly emotive. You have captured autumn beautifully!!

  17. kale @ tastes good to me! says:

    These colors are gorgeous. They make me want to pick up a brush and start painting! If only I knew how to paint…

  18. kankana says:

    Gorgeous clicks! This is the fun part about blog hopping :) While I am enjoying Spring, I also get to enjoy Autumn at the same time, visually!

  19. Zee says:

    Im falling in love with these pictures! The autumn colors look absolutely gorgeous! And this molten chocolate cake is giving me cravings;)

  20. Loveforfood says:

    The colors and textures in your photos make it look so tempting.

  21. Johanna GGG says:

    I love the autumn colours – haven't been to daylesford for ages – miss having friends living there! but you have inspired me to put it on my list of places to visit

  22. Janvi says:

    Nice collection…Thanks for sharing with us…I really like it…

  23. Deeps @ Naughty Curry says:

    love the pics, esp the 2nd one.. such a pretty magenta hue the leaves have never seen that colour :)

  24. John Nguyen says:

    What lovely food. Yum Yum. Good

  25. Adrian (Food Rehab and What The Heck Is Filipino Food) says:

    Love Daylesford also. There's so much to do there no matter what season. Thanks for this, I've book marked it for my next visit. You should also check out Perfect Drop – another great restaurant built inside a cottage.

  26. Red_Shallot says:

    I wish I could have autumn like that here in Northern California. Such lovely colors, amazing pictures and yummy food!

  27. The Café Sucré Farine says:

    Beautiful, looks like such a lovely time!

  28. WokandSpoon says:

    Daylesford in autumn is gorgeous! Hope you had a nice time.

  29. Yuri says:

    Nice restaurant in your favorite local area. Dishes at Kazuki's look so fashionable and naturally gorgeous. Beautiful colors in your photos make me so happy.

  30. Catherine. x says:

    This place looks wonderful! Must put it on my foodie wishlist :)

  31. kelly says:

    Your photos are amazing, your whole blog is amazing! Thanks for this review, we were thinking of eating there a couple weeks back, but weren’t sure. Cheers

  32. Katherine Oh says:

    I loooove the colours! Looking forward to more of your entries!

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