AUSTRALIA’S first salad house has closed its doors and been left with a sad legacy of recipes and stories.
Aussie chef, Andrew Millburn, was one of the first to create a salad house and the first person to sell a dish at the place.
Millburn’s daughter, Julie, who is now a cookbook author, has shared some of the stories that inspired his recipe for an Australian style salad in a new book, American Salad House.
“When I was a child, there was a house that I loved to cook, that I wanted to grow up to be a chef and a chef that I would want to serve my family,” Millburn said.
“The only way I could make it was to open a restaurant in the old town of Melbourne.”
A Victorian farmhouse is shown in the background.
(Supplied: Andrew Millborough)The farmhouse that was sold to Millburn was the first farmhouse on Victoria’s north coast.
It was the only one in the town, and Millburn spent the rest of his life working there.
Millwood’s first salad was the “Bouquet de Peau” and it was the start of the idea for his famous “Bourbon-Barbecue Sauce”.
He started out working as a baker in Melbourne and eventually opened his own restaurant, Millburn’s Barbecue in 1863.
“I thought that I’d been a baker for a very long time and it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do.
So it was quite exciting when I got the opportunity to open up,” Millwood said.
Millborough said he wanted to “set up my own restaurant” in Melbourne but “the land in the city wasn’t very good”.
“I had no idea where the land was,” Millborough said.
He went on to open his own dry goods store, Millwood’s Goods, which opened in 1874.
“At that time, we were the first grocery store in Melbourne,” Millbrook said.
In 1888, Millborough opened Millburns Barbecue, an “authentic” Australian style barbecue restaurant.
It was a hit and was soon followed by the original Millburn House, a restaurant that was opened in Melbourne in 1899.
“My grandfather was one who was the founder of Millburn Barbecue and he said that there should be a barbecue restaurant that everyone could eat,” Millfield said.
Mr Millburn has kept a diary of his time at Millburn and the restaurant.
“One of the things that I’m really proud of is that my father did not do anything to change my life, he just kept his hands clean,” Millworth said.
The restaurant was closed by Millburn for the first time in 1911.
“After about five or six years, the last customer, I think, was the guy who lived in the hotel, he went away to visit the family in the country, he didn’t want to come back to Melbourne,” he said.
Now, the Millburn Restaurant has been reopened and will reopen in 2019.
Millbrook’s restaurant was the last restaurant in Melbourne to sell food to the public and his family.
“They were really happy that I had opened up, they had the restaurant open, and I have kept my diary of the restaurant,” Millridge said.
“So it’s a nice place to come and have a meal and I think it’s very good food.”
Millbrook said that if he could do it all over again, he would have opened up the restaurant in Sydney and Melbourne, but for some reason, he was not allowed to do that.
“Because I was an Australian citizen, I wasn’t allowed to go to Sydney and I couldn’t go to Melbourne because I wasn`t an Australian.
So I just decided to open the restaurant and open up in Sydney, but they said ‘no’ to that because I was still a British citizen,” Millbury said.