An award-winning restaurant, cafe and bar located in an old mechanic's workshop, Leura Garage has a seasonal and local ingredient-focused menu. It covers a range of cuisines, too, with everything from paellas to pizzas and souvlaki to baked camembert making an appearance. And to top it off, the cafe environmentally conscious.
Locally-sourced produce features in share plates — such as 12-hour braised lamb shoulder with pomegranate glaze, confit garlic and rosemary — and mains, including the pork sausage wheel with crispy potatoes, caramelised onion and sauerkraut. The wine list is big on drops from Orange and Mudgee.
The restaurant is self-sustainable for its water needs. It has a 22,000-litre rainwater tank that supplies water for its coffee machine, dishwasher, drinking water and the bathroom. It also has a giant composter that can chew through 200 kilograms of waste per week. Plus, instead of bringing in fancy furniture, the car hoist — leftover from the mechanic — was transformed into a bar and a bunch of tyres into a dividing wall.