Biota and Eshalot awarded hats in the 2013 Good Good Guide


My taste buds always get excited when The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide comes out. The 2013 list has just been released this week with Biota Dining (Bowral) receiving two hats and Eschalot (Berrima) receiving one hat. Biota also received an award for sustainability.

The Good Food Guide reviewers also dished on their favourite finds, with two mentions for the Southern Highlands.

Longest drive for great French food

To Berrima for Eschalot’s parisienne gnocchi made on choux pastry dough sauced with beurre noisette.

Most surprising (and best regional, for me)

”Lon” John Dory and steamed pandanus leaf with lime-flavoured tapioca jelly at Classical Thai Cravings, Mittagong.

Sadly, Classical Thai Cravings closed its doors suddenly a few months ago, with the owners returning to Thailand for family reasons. It was a regular favourite of mine.


Biota Dining in Bowral – I’ll be visiting you very soon


I am dying to try Biota Dining in Bowral ……… there I said it!

I read the menu yesterday and have been hungry ever since. My parents tried it a week ago and loved it – and now I am deeply jealous.

Biota Dining is the creation of well respected restaurateur from Sydney, James Viles. Recently opened in Bowral next to the Manning Hotel, Biota Dining offers two dining options – tapas in a lounge environment or a gastronomy menu in the dining area. Both I am sure are amazing!

What impresses me is that Biota Dining uses mainly local produce, as well as growing their own fresh produce in an onsite glasshouse.

Biota Dining is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days and is closed on Tuesdays. Check the website for trading hours on each day as it does vary.

Can’t wait to try it! Will let you know when I eventually get there.

Top Picks


These are my top picks

Tourism Southern Highlands

Art Galleries

  • Bowral District Art Society – Bowral
  • Light Horse Gallery – Robertson
  • Milk Factory – Bowral




Kids Activities


  • Bradman Oval Park – Bowral
  • Lake Alexandra – Mittagong


Things to do