Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bowral, NSW - Biota Dining Restaurant

Biota Dining is not what you expect to find in the sleepy hamlet of Bowral in the NSW southern highlands

Head Chef Shaun Quade and executive chef and co-owner James Viles have embraced the bio/organic food trend and added their own exquisite twist.

The sprawling restaurant complex which includes a formal dining area and a more casual lounge area is set on rolling grassed property with a duck pond and organic kitchen garden.

The garden provides seasonal ingredients for the restaurant's menu from fennel pollen to edible flowers.

When I took a squiz there were beds of winters greens and root vegies

The formal restaurant also has an organic feel with Scandanavian furniture, lichen-covered floral arrangements and blocks of pink rock salt as table centre pieces.

We loved the wine list - extensive wines by the glass, local southern highland varietals as well drops from Jerez in Spain.

The kitchen pumps with a youthful energy. The staff clearly eat the fresh ingredients they cook!

Our amuse bouche: anise jelly with chicken parfat and peanut crumbs. Worth the detour just for this textural delight.

beetroot and king fish carpaccio


Palate cleanser served on garden moss ( and , no, you don't eat the moss.)

strawberries and raspberries
Roasted local lamb with garden silverbeet

Organic chicken with grilled greens and polenta

Biota Dining has all the style and attitude of a 5 star city restaurant with the heart of a country kitchen.
Check it out before it is too hot to get a table!