48 Sale Street Orange, New South Wales 2800
|Opening hours||L Fri-Sat; D Tues-Sat|
|Features||Licensed, Outdoor seating, Accepts bookings, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian friendly, Wheelchair access|
|Prices||Expensive (mains over $40)|
|Payments||Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard|
|Phone||02 6361 7748|
After 10 terrific years at the helm of this local landmark, owner-chef Simonn Hawke continues to wow local diners with her clever mix of contemporary Italian and French-influenced cooking with a focus on local produce. Start with a dish of silky, house-made squid ink tagliarini tossed with a rich tomato sauce, spanking fresh Spencer Gulf prawns and mussels with a little kick of chilli in the pangrattato; or pan- fried king george whiting with a punchy salsa verde and creamy remoulade. To follow, tender, twice-cooked pork belly teamed with scallop is nicely balanced by a textured green papaya and lychee salad; while a generous beef rib is beautifully tender and flavoursome, served with puy lentils, mustard-horseradish cream and fondant potatoes. The ever-helpful Leah Morphett and her accommodating floor team keep things running smoothly, right up to the final dessert of oh-so-light honey and truffle bavarois with smooth fig leaf ice- cream and caramelised fig.