AN ICONIC eatery nestled among a Lower Plenty hinterland has been revamped and opened for business.
Element Restaurant — located inside a 1900s farmstead on Main Rd — was refurbished during summer under the stewardship of new owner Kevin Yu.
The space, with the aim to retain its heritage, now includes a cast concrete bar, custom made furniture and lighting pendants and an outdoor courtyard which looks out onto the organic vegetable garden.
“Although we loved the old space, the team agreed that the Element brand needed to be refreshed to truly represent our diverse offerings,” Mr Yu said.
“The property had great bones. We used contrasting modern architectural features while still retaining the property’s history.”
Mr Yu took over in December and previous owners, Ernst Patzold and Jara Bojcuk, are the venue’s head chef and floor manager respectively.
The new menu has a “modern Australian influence” and will be updated each season.
It includes a pan roasted crispy salmon with courgette cream and house pickled blueberries and a luscious lemon tart, fresh berries with double cream.
“Our menu showcases the farm to table concept and our property is available for people to explore,” Mr Yu said.
“We provide a holistic approach to eating out. We want people to know where their food comes from which is why we use locally sourced produce and ingredients from our organic vegetable patch where we can.”
The restaurant is open Wednesday to Thursday between 6pm and 10pm and Friday to Sunday between noon and 3pm but check out their website for changed hours over the Easter break.
Originally published on Leader Newspaper: heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/element