Biota Dining

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18 Kangaloon Road Bowral, New South Wales 2576

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Opening hours B Sat-Sun; L Fri-Mon; D Daily
Features Accepts bookings, Accommodation, Bar, Degustation, Events, Family friendly, Gluten-free options, Licensed, Long lunch, Open fire, Outdoor seating, Private dining, Views, Wheelchair access
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef James Viles
Seats 80
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 4862 2005

Bowral may be all grand manor houses, log fires and chintzy winter warmth, but here, it's clean-lined Scandi-chic and a thoroughly modern menu. The outer areas of this beautiful Highlands home serve casual tapas and terrific Sunday egg-and-morcilla breakfasts. But the main room weaves creative magic with kitchen-garden vegetables, herbs and flowers, and local meat and fish. Imagination reigns in just-set curd with leaves, salted egg yolk and malt vinegar jelly; or feisty cured mackerel tempered with grape gel, dark-green discs of compressed nashi pear and the pop of finger lime. Here a radish pod, there a camomile frond, a feathery yarrow leaf, wild garlic or purslane. Spatchcock with hazelnut crumbs, spiced pear skin, chestnut porridge and speck is sublime; ditto the cheese course. Dessert? Mead-smoked banana buckwheat cake with corn cream and honeycomb. Of course.