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“Decadent Dining”
Review of Doot Doot Doot

Doot Doot Doot
Price range: US$61 - US$98
Description: Jackalope Hotel's daring dining experience, Doot Doot Doot, offers contemporary, upscale dining. In the spirit of the on-site winery's single vineyard heritage, Doot Doot Doot's dishes are designed to offer a faithful expression of site, with a menu that draws on seasonal offerings from the hotel's kitchen garden and select Mornington Peninsula producers. Diners have the choice of ordering four dishes a la carte or opting for an eight-course set menu spread, all with the option of matched Willow Creek and international wines. Jackalope Hotels' Executive Chef, Guy Stanaway, adds, "the tasting menu offers a respect for the feast, contrasted by a disrespect for the familiar. Time-honoured techniques meet culinary curiosity, in dishes that are methodical yet explorative and designed to evoke a unique sense of place." Doot Doot Doot expands on the hotel's narrative, alchemy, and has been designed to reflect the alchemistic phase of fermentation. An eight-by-ten metre lighting installation by Melbourne-based chandelier designer, Jan Flook, sets the tone with a 10,000 lamp chandelier that creates the surreal sensation of fermenting wine bubbling above.
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Description: Jackalope Hotel's daring dining experience, Doot Doot Doot, offers contemporary, upscale dining. In the spirit of the on-site winery's single vineyard heritage, Doot Doot Doot's dishes are designed to offer a faithful expression of site, with a menu that draws on seasonal offerings from the hotel's kitchen garden and select Mornington Peninsula producers. Diners have the choice of ordering four dishes a la carte or opting for an eight-course set menu spread, all with the option of matched Willow Creek and international wines. Jackalope Hotels' Executive Chef, Guy Stanaway, adds, "the tasting menu offers a respect for the feast, contrasted by a disrespect for the familiar. Time-honoured techniques meet culinary curiosity, in dishes that are methodical yet explorative and designed to evoke a unique sense of place." Doot Doot Doot expands on the hotel's narrative, alchemy, and has been designed to reflect the alchemistic phase of fermentation. An eight-by-ten metre lighting installation by Melbourne-based chandelier designer, Jan Flook, sets the tone with a 10,000 lamp chandelier that creates the surreal sensation of fermenting wine bubbling above.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After looking at the menu online I wasn't going to book as I don't eat seafood, but as we were staying at the hotel I emailed the restaurant and asked if they would be able to substitute the seafood dishes. I had a quick reply saying 'yes'. So glad I asked the question, the food is beautiful, and even though the servings are small for each dish, after all of the courses the quantity was more than enough. A beautiful dining experience, the light feature is awesome, the staff friendly but not in overbearing, a great night for a special dinner.

Thank Amanda K
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

The foods good but not amazing, we went for lunch a few months back and that was much better, this time we went for dinner and I don’t think we’ll be going back for a while.
I reminded our wait staff on more than one occasion of my food allergy and yet I was still presented with food that i’m Allergic to, luckily I recognised it before I ate it. Our poor waitress was so apologetic but shouldn’t the chef also take responsibility? The night could have turned out to be disastrous if I hadn’t noticed myself? Can’t say we was overly impressed by that incident!
The other annoying thing about Doot Doot Doot is their lack of communication, Ive rung twice now with specific enquiries and no one ever gets back to you, which is so annoying let alone quite rude. There are so many beautiful wineries and restaurants to try in this area that I think they need to start working on their customer service or people will just stop bothering and go elsewhere.

Thank tracey903
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Reviewed 6 July 2018

Doot Doot Doot is Jackalope’s contemporary restaurant.
The Jan Flook installatioin of 10,000 globes is interesting and changes mood through the evening through brighter to darker to create an interesting feel. We really liked the installation.
We were staying at Jackalope and decided between the degustation at Doot Doot Doot and Rare Hare and opted for the dinner at Doot Doot Doot.

$110 per person without the pairing of wines at $200 per person. We selected our own cocktails and wines for the meal.

The food is a variation of native Australian, Japanese and seasonal ingredients.

Overall it’s a really nice experience.
This food would not be good if you are a picky eater and don’t like to be a bit experimental and try different combinations. We enjoyed each of the dishes, of course some better than others but the dessert finished off the meal perfectly.

They have already moved on to their next seasonal menu so I have no idea what that food combination is like.- see their website for the menu

Wait staff. - There is a lack of consistency with the wait staff. Yes they all deliver/fulfil their duty of getting plates to the table, but some are trained to a higher standard in terms of describing what is being presented, interacting and in how they share this information. The less colourful staff can barely make eye contact and are reciting off a script without a breath.

We did enjoy our evening.

Would we return to have another doot doot doot ? …Probably not

We have planned to return and see what Rare Hare offers in the warmer months.
There are so many restaurants, wineries and café’s popping up in the area so they better remember how important it is to be on top of their game consistently or they may find out that they are knocked off the list of ‘must try and be seen’ places.

Pro Tip: You do not have to stay at Jackalope

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2  Thank lishwiener
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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Poor service, not a white table cloth in sight, food average and way to dark in the Restuarant Didn’t go with the add on of $90 per person matched wines - just bought a bottle to enjoy off the wine list

3  Thank Walls1198
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

We REALLY enjoyed the tasting menu with matched wines at Dootdootdoot.
For me, this was a better experience than the closest local equivalent I can think of ... the degustation at Vu De Monde.

Our table staff were super friendly, genuinely enthusiastic about the food, and knowledgeable about the dishes they set before us. But it was our sommelier, Alex, who blew us away with his depth of knowledge of the wines being presented, their diverse places of origin, and the people who make them.

The pairings of food and wine were simply sublime with not a single mis-step in the matchings we experienced.

Interestingly, Dootdootdoot only sources wines from winemakers that are the same size or smaller than it's own Jackalope-associated Willow Creek winery. As a result, the wines on offer are not widely known, and represent an opportunity for wine-lovers to experience some otherwise largely unobtainable vintages.

We've had some great dining experienced over the years, but Executive Chef Guy Stanaway, Head Chef Elliott Pinn, and Alex (along with the other sommeliers) have done a fantastic job in bringing this matched food and wine menu together.

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Thank Warren W
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