Innocent Bystander / Giant Steps
For me, the Little Creatures Brewing Co. can do no wrong.
I ❤ their beer, I ❤ their cider, I ❤ their well matched, perfectly cooked food and their funky eateries. Now, I can add to that; I ❤ their Moscato.
I was lucky enough to score Hamsley’s birthday off work, and with him sitting at home all day looking after this recent injury, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to go for a drive to get him out of the house.
It was going to be a choice of White Rabbit Brewery or the Red Hill Brewery. I remember hearing nothing but good things about Innocent Bystander from a large array of people, we had to go and check it out for ourselves. Only when we arrived I realised it was part of the Little Creatures group, so knew I was in for a good time.
I started off with a glass of the famous Moscato, and the birthday boy of course went for the White Rabbit beer. It was quite possibly the best Moscato I’ve ever had, and I nearly walked out with a six pack of it, but it’s okay; I can order it online!
Spicy pork sausage, buffalo mozzarella, san marzano tomato & chilli – $23
I had heard the pizzas were good, and Hamsley ordered the one that sounded most appealing. Boy it was a spicy one compared to all the other mild ones you are usually served. That green stuff isn’t pesto, it’s green chilli. It was just perfect, nice thin, crispy base and mouth watering topping.
Housecut chips (organic dobsons potatoes) & aioli – $8.50
Hamsley’s latest thing is aioli. I wanted to try the truffle and parmesan frites, but it was his special day so I didn’t want to interfere. The chips were great, and the aioli was creamy and dreamy.
Duck & mushroom pie with carrot mash – $37
Nothing else on the menu screamed at me like the duck and mushroom pie did. The price tag was a little off putting, but how often do I drive out to Healesville? Oh boy, it was everything I wanted it to be and more. The duck just melted in my mouth, and the sauce and mash for me seemed to go really well. The pastry was lovely and flaky and I couldn’t get enough. I was so glad I ordered it.
Service wasn’t too bad, the kitchen was rather slow. Our drinks had gotten warm by the time the food came. Hamsley asked if they could top up the beer as it had gotten warm and they said he could have another one for free after the one he had. This was their way to make it up to us for waiting so long. Needless to say, I had a very happy Hamsley after lots of beer, he feel asleep on the way home far too easily
Wish we had discovered the arcade table whilst waiting for our food!
The great thing about this place was not only is there a bistro, there is also wine tasting, a cheese room, artisan bakery and coffee roasting. You can even see the bakers work their yeasty magic.
Wish we could have tried the Moscato sorbet. Unfortunately they were all out when we were there.
Apart from the slow food arriving, it’s so worth it. The food is top knotch, and if that doesn’t satisfy you, I’m sure the drinks will!
We decided to check out the little ice cream shop just past Beechworth Bakery (if you’ve been to the Giant Steps, you’ll know what I mean). They even have ice cream from Tasmania there. I highly reccomend the Ferreo Rocher and Honeycomb Crunch. Birthday boy’s rocky road was full of cherries which seemed a little weird but his buttered pecan was a winner.