A unique escape in the heart of the Southern highlands, the vegetarian buffet offered at Zen Oasis is an array of more than 30 oriental-inspired dishes from yum-cha, freshly wrapped sushi and enticing desserts. Be sure to wander around the gardens following your lunch to take in the stunning lake and surrounds.
For a refined Italian affair, Onesta Cucina in Bowral is the venue to venture. The family owned and operated restaurant focuses on traditional Italian cuisine that takes advantage of exceptional local produce. Braised beef cheeks is the signature dish and you’d be wise to slowly make your way through their considered wine list.
Bowral Centennial Vineyard
An abundance of fresh, local produce and stunning surrounds are the hallmarks of this Southern Highlands gem, making it the perfect destination for lovers of good food and wine. You might just be planning on dropping in for a glass of wine, but a glimpse of the vista will have you lingering over a long lunch.
Bistro ONE46 Kangaroo Valley
Authentic, seasonal, flavours worked through simple-yet-robust dishes bring out the best of local produce sourced by Chef Gerald Poelzl. Perfectly suited to a family outing, you can sidle up to the dining room’s fireplace during winter or bask under the verandah’s grapevines during the warmer months.
Renowned Biota Dining is more of an experience than merely a restaurant; deeply connected to it’s surroundings, Biota’s menu changes in line with farmers and growers to ensure that only the best, freshest produce makes its way to your plate. A five or seven course tasting menu is only improved with an in-house reservation meaning you can slink off to bed immeadiately after dessert.
Upscale dining in the Southern Highlands hardly gets better than the modern Australian fare on offer at this much-loved Berrima institution. Situated within one of the area’s most significant heritage buildings, you’ll fall in love with the restaurant well before you get to catch a glimpse of the beautiful cuisine created with ‘an elegant and understated sense of occasion.’
Home no.9 Thai cuisine by Bangkok house
A newbie to Bowral’s dining scene, Home No.9 has fast become a foodie hangout. Part of the Bangkok House Group, their lunch and dinner menu encourages you to explore the traditional home-style dishes which are teeming with flavours of Southeast Asia. And it’s all perfectly paired with a stylish dining room along famed Bong Bong Street.
Jing Jo Cafe Restaurant
Using produce sourced from local growers and suppliers - including gathering from their own garden – Jing Jo’s contemporary Australian and Thai fusion is a tribute to the region’s quality ingredients and dedication to sustainability. Be sure to check out the restaurant’s rotating exhibitions featuring local artists for an even greater feel for the area.
Revered for their cool climate wines, PepperGreen Estate takes full advantage of Southern Highlands rugged terrain. Producing premium wine and olives along the slopes of Canyonleigh, PepperGreen’s cellar door and tasting room is conveniently located in historic Berrima village. The full dining menu and share board selection are designed to showcase PepperGreen Estate’s wine and olives.
Grand Bistro Bowral
From sun up to sun down, Grand Bistro offers a beautiful dining experience along Bong Bong Street. The team behind Flat White Café in Sydney’s Woollahra have truly made a statement, with stylishly fresh interiors that complement the modern Australian menu (think seven-hour roasted lamb sandwich). If you’re planning a wedding, Grand Bistro’s Cellar Door and catering service is a must.
Keeping freshness and fun at the fore of their attention, this Bowral venue effortlessly sashays from breakfast, to lunch, to dinner without a hint of pretension or drama. Inventive, excellent quality fare by Joshua Huxtable that is best enjoyed when shared with friends in this vibrant space.
Set within the sprawling grounds of Bendooley Estate, Bendooley Dining offers flavoursome cuisine inspired by the seasons of the Southern Highlands. You can dine before walls laden with books in The Book Barn or make it an alfresco affair overlooking the elegant gardens. The space is open from 10am for morning coffee and cakes, lunch and evening sittings, there is also a cellar door on site. Bendooley Estate’s Cellar Door is a captivating venue that celebrates the visual beauty of ...