Nothing says summer like a plate of freshly shucked oysters with a cold glass of Champagne. But don’t despair, even in the colder months, we show you where you can enjoy your oysters rugged up next to a fire. Whether it’s a meatier tasting of Native Australian Angasi oysters with a glass of red wine, a cleaverly poached pacific oyster from our friends at Lee Ho Fook, or just chowing down on delicious regional produce, settle in for a snuggle, oyster lovers. We’re the food of love, all year round.
1. Sage Dining Room, Canberra
Nestled in the rural setting and a expansive gardens growing their own produce, Sage Dining Room is one of our favourite stops in Canberra. With an interesting and ever-changing menu, a delicious wine list selection and heated outdoor Mint Bar, it’s heating up the chilly ACT winter.
2. Lee Ho Fook, Melbourne
The moody setting of Chinese restaurant Lee Ho Fook is the perfect winter retreat from the cold. A flavoursome modern taste of Asian cuisine that includes interesting takes on old classics – we love the poached oysters with a range of intricate flavours. Yum.
3. Royal Botanical Gardens Restaurant, Sydney
With seasonally changing menus, we love this Botanical Gardens setting for a long winters lunch. They boast freshly shucked oysters with lemongrass and chilli granita which definitely tickles our tastebuds. Followed by some King Salmon and Watercress with buttered potatos and fennel – we’re definitely in.
4. Lakehouse by Alla Wolf-Tasker, Daylesford
A perfect destination for a winter weekend away, because one meal at Lakehouse is not enough. Work up an appetite by strolling around the incredible grounds, relaxing in the spa or bushwalking through one of the many tracks in the surrounding Wombat Forest with the incredible wildlife. There’s a focus on local produce on the ever evolving menu, and everything from duck with orange braised witlof to local nashi pears and yellow crab apples for dessert has our tastebuds longing for a winters weekend here!
5. Biota Dining, Bowral
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Another weekend destination we love is Biota Dining, a Southern Highlands retreat in Bowral, with a seasonal menu full of delicious fresh local produce. This sleep and eat experience is worth the drive and it’s a perfect hibernation weekend to rejuvenate in the winter months. Don’t forget your scarves!
What are your favourite places to eat during the winter months?