A La Carte Menu

The Tender Trap is paving new ground with a menu where seasonality and supreme provenance are the prevailing watchwords in this East Doncaster Restaurant. Best described as modern, contemporary dining, the menu is littered with refreshingly experimental touches to really awaken the imagination and palate. Food of this pedigree is rare. The Tender Trap prides itself in using seasonal ingredients from Australia – the finest meats, seafood, vegetables and herbs sourced from local waters, pastures and gardens. Service is efficient, friendly and knowledgeable, never intrusive. More Recently the restaurant has been recognised in the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 edition’s of “The Age Good Food Guide”.


Local Mussels, Sofrito, Saffron, Chilli, Chorizo, Leeks, Parsley, Garlic Croutons $21
Spiced Gremolata Prawn Tacos, Kaffir Lime, Candy Tomato Slaw, Chervil, Lime $21
King Fish Salmon Ceviche, Lychee, Basil Oil, Edamame, Jerusalem Artichoke $21
Beef Carpaccio, Tuna Tonnato, Pickled Cucumber, Olive Tapenade, Anchovies $21
Crispy Calamari, Dutch Carrot, Wombok, Corriander, Dukkah, Plum Dressing $21
Seared Scallops, Green Romesco Ragu, Pea, Speck, Curry Leaf, Pressed Pastry $21
Pulled Pork Apple Croquettes, Onion Miso Puree, Pickled Kumera, Pecorino $19
Goats Cheese Mushroom Tart, Hazelnut Nudi, Lemon Thyme, Truffle Honey $19


Aborio Rice, Preserved Lemon, Asparagus, Zucchini, Sage, Chestnuts, Regiano $39
Pappardelle, Slow Roasted Goat, Spinach, Char Spring Onions, Grana Padano $41
Spaghettini, Prawns, Spanner Crab, Orange Ginger Oil, Chilli, Garlic, Thai Basil $42
Maple Glazed Pork Cutlet, Butter Bean Puree, Cabbage Slaw, Shoe String Crisps $43
Pepper Berry Rub Scotch Fillet, Smoked Pommes Anna, Broccoli Relish, Quinoa $45
Aged Eye Fillet, Swede Puree, Pickled Green Tomatoes, Peri Peri Polenta, Jus $45
Lamb Neck Roulade, Veal Saltimbocca Pop Corn, Broad Beans, Sugar Snaps $44
Harrisa Glazed Duck Breast, Labne, Cumin Spiced Sweet Potato, Fig Jam $44

To Share

1Kg Dried Aged Rib Eye, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Volcanic Black Sea Salt $138
Paella Negro- Selection of seafood finished with squid ink $94
Paella Carne- Selection of meats, peas, soffrito, paprika, saffron $88
Char Za’atar Chicken, Pita Bread, Tomato Onion Chutney, Cucumber $86




Green Beans, Chilli Oil Vinaigrette, Crunchy Peanuts $14
Roquette, Pear, Honey, Citrus & Pecorino $14
Cauliflower, Candy Chick Peas, Sriracha Yogurt $14
Thick Cut Chips, Salt And Vinegar $14



Earl Grey Donuts, Lemon Sugar, Apple, Hazelnut Crumb, Salted Caramel Gelato $17
Chestnut Tiramisu, Burnt Orange, Maple Streusel, Pecan Praline Ice Cream $17
Coconut Panna Cotta, Lemongrass Ginger Consommé, Pistachio, Pineapple Jelly $17
Chocolate Walnut Torte, Yuzu, Red Velvert Cream, Raspberry Soil, Cassis Sorbet $17
Ricotta Mousse, Granola, Berry Compote, Strawberry Gelato, Bay Leaf Meringue $17




Brique d’Affinois Washed, white rind; mild, silky texture France $17/60g
Blue de Laqueuille Creamy, well developed blue mould France $17/60g
Queso Aged Manchego Firm bodied Sheep’s milk cheese Spain $17/60g
Pecorino Calcagno Fragrant, salty and sharp in flavour Italy $17/60g
Meredith Dairy Chèvre, Slightly moist feel, creamy texture $17/60g



To Drink

2018 Foxeys Hangout ‘Late Harvest’ Pinot Gris Mornington, VIC $14
NV Pfeiffer Wines ‘Classic’ Topaque Rutherglen, VIC $14
NV Morris ‘Cellar Reserve’ Grand Topaque Rutherglen, VIC $16
NV Morris ‘Cellar Reserve’ Grand Muscat Rutherglen, VIC $16
2016 Simao & Co  Vintage Fortified  North Eastern, VIC $14
NV Niepoort White Port  Douro, Portugal $14
NV Niepoort Ruby Port Douro, Portugal $14
2017 Niepoort ‘LBV’ Vintage Port Douro, Portugal $17
NV Vallado ‘10 Year old’ Tawny Port Douro, Portugal $17
NV Cardenal Cisneros Pedro Ximenez Jeréz, Spain $16



It is the policy of the restaurant to not serve cakes/desserts from out sourced locations. To discuss further options on special occasions please feel free to contact the restaurant and we will endeavour to cater to your needs.

Whilst making a reservation we would encourage you to inform us of any dietary requirements you may have, so we can best cater to your needs.

Contact Us

Should you wish to contact us to make a reservation or enquire about any special events at the Tender Trap over the coming months just call us on (03) 9842 3466

Restaurant Location

266 Blackburn Road, East Doncaster

Opening Hours

Lunch:  Tues – Friday  12 – 3pm
Dinner:  Tues – Saturday  6pm – 10pm
Closed on Monday and Sunday

Group Bookings

The Tender Trap is happy to accept large group bookings, however the a la carte menu is not available to bookings of 8 or more persons. For large group bookings please refer to the events page where you can locate our set menu options which have been designed to suit such occasions.

Booking Request