noun: animals and plant life of a particular region.
I had the pleasure of visiting Biota Dining in the Southern Highlands NSW last week and had an incredible dining experience with my beautiful friend and photographer Dominique Cherry. James Viles is the mastermind behind the establishment and has absolutely outdone himself from the tastiest dishes to the beautiful gardens and décor.
Our three amazing dishes from the weekend brunch menu are as follows (pictured below):
- autumn fruits – organic yoghurt – fruit juices – soaked oats
- soft maize – provolone – forest mushrooms – poached egg (fave!)
- creamed hen eggs – serrano – sourdough – wild fennel
Biota prides itself on supporting local farmers and produce. Have a read of excerpt below taken from Biota’s website:
Biota is a dining experience supporting both local farmers and growers, focusing on artisan produce incorporating seasonal botanicals in all aspects of its menus and environment. Our constant study and devotion on the extraction of both taste and aroma in all plant and animal form is an integral part of our cycle. Biota’s food is produce and technique driven, we focus on local products from the surrounding area, foraging as well as propagating have become a large part of our gastronomic journey.
Our onsite automated glasshouse grows over 40 varieties of seed imported from France, Netherlands and local suppliers which gives us a constant seasonal harvest of shoots, cresses and seedlings getting put into gastronomic practice on a daily basis.
So if you’re from the Sydney region, why not make a weekend of it? With rooms to stay in and a place to eat, you’re all set to experience the beauty of the Southern Highlands!
Find Biota Dining:
18 Kangaloon Road, Bowral NSW 2576
P: +61 (0)2 4862 2005 / F: +61 (0)2 4861 6003 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photography: Dominique Cherry of DEC Creatives