April 24, 2015

Biota, Bowral


 Rye seed and petals. Leaves filled with soft cheese
Bread served in a furry pouch
From the bar menu - mini sliders (perfect if you are dining with kids)
Charcoal, clams, smoked roe and spent lettuce
Hen yolk, toasted rye, cooked curds and chickpea
Sunflower, fried fish throats and nut milk
Beef with red fruits and amaranth leaves
Fig leaf and marigolds
Rhubarb and rosehip

Leaves, petals, charcoal, fish throats, no I haven't gone mad. I'm just merely describing some of the items you will find on Biota's Autumn degustation menu which I experienced several weeks ago.

Besides an array of earthly ingredients one can expect to be served bread from a furry pouch and sorbet to cleanse the palate from a twig.

As the menu describes it's about telling the stories of our land, the seasons and the ingredients it provides us with.

If five courses isn't enough an eight course degustation is also available or for those not so adventurous there is a bar menu. Selecting the five course degustation we were served the below (pictured above):

Rye seeds with petals and leaves filled with soft cheese

Bread and butter 

Charcoal, clams, smoked roe and spent lettuce

Hen yolk, toasted rye, cooked curds and chickpea

Sunflower, fried fish throats and nut milk

Beef with red fruits and amaranth leaves

Fig leaf and marigolds

Rhubarb and rosehip

Overall it was a unique, enjoyable experience spread over two and a half hours. I must admit I wasn't a fan of the fried fish throats however loved the other dishes in particular the charcoal and clams dish. Who would have thought charcoal could be so tasty!

If your spending some time in Bowral, check it out.