A homey Southern Highlands fine diner serving up fresh, seasonal dishes in a quaint stone cottage.
Down in the Southern Highlands you're spoilt for choice when it comes to culinary delights. One of the very best, however, is award-winning fine diner Eschalot, located in the historic town of Berrima. Headed up by chef Matty Roberts, the restaurant is set in a quaint stone cottage and, with a focus on serving up fresh seasonal produce, feels a bit like dining in someone's home. There are four different menus to choose from: a share-style 'feed me' menu ($85 per person); a six-course degustation ($90 per person); an al a carte seasonal menu; and a breakfast menu, which is only available on weekends.
Expect dishes such as jalapeño and cheddar croquettes, kingfish ceviche, fried chicken with leek and a siracha and honey glaze, whole lamb shoulder with mint and rose labneh, and pumpkin and feta ravioli. If you're opting for the degustation, you can add paired wines for $55 a head, too. For breakfast, think baked eggs with lamb mince, pumpkin and chilli jam, crumpets with crème fraiche, spanner crab, lobster crackle and poached egg, and porridge with rhubarb compote and burnt honey. Just be sure you have the cash to splash when heading there — and make a reservation well in advance.
Eschalot is open Thursday through Sunday, with private appointments available on Monday to Wednesday upon request.
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