Dining in: Aveo Newstead creates buzz with stunning menu

GROWING older can be delicious!

Forget any idea you had about retirement villages and soft, bland food - Aveo Newstead's Executive Chef Gillian Hirst binned that idea and restocked with fresh food, fresh tastes and a restaurant menu to rival the best in Brisbane.

Last week, myself and my digital producer, Quinn Jones, accepted an invitation from Aveo to dine at their private restaurant - Select Dining.

The residents of Aveo Newstead get to dine out on succulent dishes such as trout and wasabi.
The residents of Aveo Newstead get to dine out on succulent dishes such as trout and wasabi. Gail Forrer

But before you get excited over what I'm about to write, I'll give you the bad news first: This restaurant is for residents only! 

The good news is that this menu defies any age-old retirement village concepts.

There's no doubt that Aveo's goal to provide a dining menu that features meals as nutritious as they are delicious has been achieved. Additionally, professional staff with warm welcomes working within a modern dining interior contributes to a delightful culinary experience.

We started with a serving of fresh Tasmanian oysters that tingled our tastebuds, squeezed in a special dish of trout and wasabi, followed by mouth-watering main meals of sand crab lasagne (renowned as a Gillian's signature dish) and a perfectly seared steak and salad. The medium sized meals meant there was a little room left for a couple of amazing desserts - think sweet Iranian floss, pistachio ice-creams, a decoration of delicate sweet French flower buds.

 

 

Make sure you leave room for dessert!
Make sure you leave room for dessert! Gail Forrer

The wine list corresponded with the excellent meals - it's smart and a little bit different. We sampled the sparkling South Australian Pinot Grigio, Aramis and it was true to its recommended description.

Select Dining is the place for a social lunch or special celebrations. Whatever your reason, you can't help but be impressed and, perhaps, even a tad surprised at this super dining experience.

The wine list corresponds with the excellent meals including the sparkling South Australian Pinot Grigio, Aramis.
The wine list corresponds with the excellent meals including the sparkling South Australian Pinot Grigio, Aramis. Gail Forrer