La Cachette is the intimate 25-seat French bistro on Geelong’s waterfront

La Cachette is the intimate 25-seat French bistro on Geelong’s waterfront

La Cachette chef and owner Matt Podbury, supplied.
Words by Talia Rinaldo

La Cachette is bringing familiarity, warmth and conviviality to the bustling Geelong waterfront precinct.

Geelong born-and-bred Matt Podbury spent more than a decade dreaming of opening a restaurant, and with La Cachette, he will finally get there.

An acclaimed chef with years of experience, including Captain Moonlite in Anglesea, as well as previously working with Mathieu Rostaing Tayard at Café Sillon in Lyon France and James Lowe at Michelin-starred Lyle’s in London, La Cachette will see Podbury in the thick of the action back in his home town.

Translating to ‘the hideaway’ in French, Geelong’s newest fine-dining destination is a modern, intimate and quiet 25-seat bistro, tucked away in Steampacket Place on the lush Geelong Waterfront.

Taking influence from the French bistronomy movement, started by Paris restaurant La Régalade in 1992, La Cachette is different to most French places. There’s no steak frites, or French-onion soup, white tablecloths or waistcoated staff. Instead, Podbury wants to show Geelong what contemporary French dining looks like, injecting fun and accessibility, as well as warmth and intimacy, into the local culinary scene.

The $85 fixed price menu will include two snacks and local sourdough bread, followed by a small choice of entrees, mains and desserts, with the option to add an extra entrée. Changing every three weeks, the menu will reflect a selection of seasonal dishes inspired by Podbury’s travels through France and the incredible produce found in Victoria from nearby farmers, growers and suppliers.

Focusing on nourishment and passion, expect high-quality dishes such as flamed mackerel with burnt apple, chicory and basil; Onion Farci with Beef Cheek, bone marrow and hazelnut; duck breast, celeriac, quince and caramelised cream; and Murray cod with cauliflower, brown butter and buckwheat.

As for dessert, prepare your tastebuds for decadent dishes like basked chocolate mousse with blood orange and chilli; Tarte of Nori and Pear with Goat’s milk ice cream; as well as artisan and hard to find cheeses to finish.

Orchestrating the perfect balance of expertise and affable hospitality, the wine list will showcase smaller winemakers with stories and passion that inspires the dining experience. Leaning towards natural and minimal intervention winemaking, La Cachette’s small and always evolving list will be able to accommodate more traditional tastes as well.


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With the fit-out currently in the works, we’re confident in saying La Cachette will certainly become one of the best – and most unique – dining experiences in Victoria.

La Cachette is located in Steampacket Place, Geelong Waterfront and is due to open on June 11. The restaurant will be serving lunch from noon Friday to Monday, and dinner from 5.30 pm Thursday to Sunday.

Reservations can be made via the website.