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                             FOOD & WINE | On Your Plate
LEFT TO RIGHT James Viles,
Biota Dining); Katers Restaurant Peppers Manor House; The Loch.
    On Your Plate
AS CHEF ROBIN MURRAY TELLS US ON PAGE 56, THE HIGHLANDS FOOD SCENE HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY SINCE HE AND WIFE MANDY OPENED THEIR FINE DINING CENTENNIAL VINEYARDS RESTAURANT 14 YEARS AGO. AND THAT’S FOR THE BETTER, HE ADDS, BECAUSE THE MORE GREAT RESTAURANTS THERE ARE, THE MORE LOCALS AND PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE THE HIGHLANDS WILL WANT TO COME OUT AND EAT. ESCAPE’S THOUGHTS EXACTLY ROBIN, AND WINTER IS A GREAT TIME TO SAVOUR SOME OF THE FABULOUS DEGUSTATION MEALS, TASTING PLATES, SEASONAL FEASTS, SPECIAL EVENTS AND THEMED DINNERS THAT ARE MAKING MOUTHS WATER IN THE REGION.
WORDS JILL DYSON
BENDOOLEY ESTATE, Berrima
On Thursday June 21 you can
enjoy an evening of fine dining and wine by candlelight at Bendooley’s atmospheric Book Barn. Chef Benn Troy’s seven course degustation menu will be accompanied with local cool climate and European wines plus live classical music. Pick up a bestseller on the way home. The cost is $225pp and includes individually matched wines for each course.
4877 2235 bendooleyestate.com.au
BIOTA DINING, Bowral
Lunch at Biota from Thursday to Monday includes a five-course tasting menu, and there’s a five or seven course tasting menu for dinner Thursday to Tuesday. Chefs James Viles and Riley Aitken are big on local and national produce as part of the theatre and taste of memorable fine dining. The tasting menus range from $100 to $155pp. (FYI Biota opens
its month long pop up restaurant in Sydney’s Chippendale in June) 4862 2005 info@biotadining.com
BIRCH, Moss Vale
Chef Lachlan Houghton has devised a six course winter crustacean lunch in this stylish Moss Vale newcomer for Sunday July 15 to showcase his technique and creativity. It will feature in season edible delights from the ocean and its shores, and costs $165pp or $250pp with matching wines. 4868 1817 enquiries@birchrestaurant.com.au
BISTRO OFFICINA, Bowral
Chef Nicola Coccia cooks with a fire in his Italian belly that produces passion and punch on a plate. Bistro Officina joins forces with the likewise inspired Balog brothers of Mittagong’s Artemis Wines to create a dinner on Saturday July 21 that is sure to be full of flavour and fervour. bistroofficina.com.au
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