Food critic Janne Apelgren was surprised as Echuca-Moama and district residents were to hear of the approaching closure of Oscar W’s Wharfside.ZACH HUBBER May 26, 2014 3:47am
Acclaimed food critic Janne Apelgren was surprised when she heard Oscar W’s Wharfside would end its lease on July 31.
The Age Good Food Guide editor reviewed the restaurant in March for the publication’s August release.
The restaurant boasts a prestigious chef’s hat in the food guide’s most recent edition.
‘‘I was pretty blown away by the location,’’ Ms Apelgren said.
‘‘I though that Echuca was blessed to have such great food and wine offerings in a gorgeous location.’’
Ms Apelgren, who has been editor of the food guide for six years, said Oscar W’s was unique due to the lack of restaurants on the Murray River.
‘‘It’s a great food destination,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s not much on the Murray that really takes advantage of what a spectacular spot it is.
‘‘It’s one of a handful along the river that matches a great setting with the history to serious food and wine.
‘‘It’s a big commitment to run a large restaurant, a quality restaurant, that far from the captive audience that any of the capitals provide.
‘‘Echuca is lucky to have it. Mildura would love to have the riverfront infrastructure that Echuca’s got.’’
She said the restaurant offered a wide range of experiences.
‘‘You can have drinks on the deck through to good steaks and an even finer dining experience,’’ she said.
‘‘It caters really well. You can have a date night or party night and that’s not easy to deliver.
‘‘It’s a big commitment by the Oberins to do it that way.’’
While admitting Oscar W’s might not be at the same standard as the Lake House in Daylesford or the Royal Mail in Dunkeld, Ms Apelgren said its ‘‘very Australian feel’’ made it exactly what tourists might be looking for.
‘‘It’s still a place you can just go to have a drink and tapas, which is part of its appeal,’’ she said.
‘‘Dean seems pretty committed to the area. (The American Hotel and Oscar W’s) are big investments.
‘‘A lot of cities the size of Echuca would be very grateful to have two places of that quality and commitment.’’
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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