Biota Dining Revisit, Bowral
Uncle organised a lunch at Biota one Sunday. I was excited to go, but due to last-minute family commitments I had to bail and totally missed out on this wonderful lunch. Thankfully, Uncle was kind enough to write a review, take photos of the scrumptious looking food and make me jealous!!!!
It takes very little for me to go back to Biota Dining. I don’t need a birthday, a long weekend or a special reason really! Where else can I find a Coles in Sydney that is pretty much deserted on a weekend? No queues, no shouting kids, no crazy crowds with trolleys full of groceries. Anyway when I came across a tweet about their Celebration Lunch, I knew straight away we needed to make a booking! One email later to gather some troops and fast forward some 2 weeks later, we found ourselves in sunny Bowral!
We all arrived within 5 minutes of one another. Biota had allocated us a long table for us to sit at. For those that haven’t read my 2 previous visits to Biota, well, can I just say again, that “I LOVE THE DECOR”. Bright and spacious, good use of inside-outside spaces. Anyway, hope the pictures do it justice.
Celebration lunch for $55 we had:
cocktails on arrival, shared plates: potato croquettes, olives, crispy calamari and salad
suckling pig – my goodness they look magnificent!
As we were with friends that haven’t been to Biota before, I couldn’t resist ordering some extra food which I’ve had before for the group to sample: the mini wagyu burgers! So good. Brioche bun with a kimchi dressing. And I also ordered the crispy school prawns! And yes, it’s not only crispy by description, but truly CRISPY!
As we got up to check out the veggie gardens on site, the waiter comes and informs us that the chef wanted to offer us a dessert cleanser if we had time for it. We nodded in appreciation and after a quick wander around the restaurant checking out the veggie gardens, a very nicely presented sorbet with pea powder is delivered to us! The perfect end to a wonderful afternoon… so we thought!
Yes, it does get better! We take a wander through the restaurant’s dining room. I tell my companions how much I am in love with the decor (yes, again!) and the food at their restaurant. Along then comes the head chef of Biota, Naomi Lowry – who has a chat to us and offer us a tour of the kitchen. “Behind the scenes, oh yeah!” – THANK YOU, CHEF. It must have been a long day for you and the team, yet you took the time to shows us around. It was great to see how passionate Naomi was about being at Biota.
Biota’s very progressive in their offering. Not content with just the same old brunch / lunch / dinner, they’ve evolved their offering to include ‘Celebration Lunches’ and also ‘Working the Pass’ – where you work with the chefs in the kitchen for a night service and sit down and have dinner after. Where else would you get this chance to work with one of Sydney’s best? Check out what’s on at Biota!
Bowral, NSW 2576
Ph: +61 2 4862 2005