18 Kangaloon Road Bowral, New South Wales 2576
|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)|
|Payments||eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard|
|Phone||02 4862 2005|
In a beautiful dessert of poached stone fruits with peach gel, rose meringue and stone-fruit sorbet, chef James Viles caps things off with rose petals from his mum’s garden. You can’t help but think she must have a pretty big garden to supply her son’s restaurant with all those petals. These stories pervade all the dishes at Biota - a restaurant with deep connections to the people and forests of the Southern Highlands and with food that is all the better for it. Hen’s yolk trembling ingenue-like in sheets of pasta covered in curds and rye is a textural triumph, as is a delicious bowl of smoked roe and scampi hiding under foraged purslane and charcoal. With thickly painted artworks, handsome ferns and sleek, Scandi furnishings, Biota Dining is a place you’ll never want to leave. It’s a good thing the hotel rooms are only a stone-fruit’s throw away.
And … A dead sexy brunch menu on weekends.
Vibe Food and design wrapped up in natural beauty.
Best bit Slinking back to your room after dinner.
Worst bit TV in the dining room.