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“A seriously good restaurant in Dubbo” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Escence Cafe Restaurant

Escence Cafe Restaurant
248 Macquarie street, Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia (Formerly Escence)
02 68820177
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Ranked #1 of 84 restaurants in Dubbo
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Sydney, Australia
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300 reviews 300 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 109 cities Reviews in 109 cities
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
“A seriously good restaurant in Dubbo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Like others on TA I have found the Esence Restaurant to be first rate. The service is first rate and competent, the menu quite substantial and the wine list adequate. The food when it came out was excellent - the swordfish was superb and the lamb pastie dish was brilliant. To finish it off I tried the sticky date pudding and is was just as good. The venue is a little "cafe" but don't let this put you off - this is seriously good stuff and I recommend it highly.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Best meal in Dubbo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

My husband &I had a wonderful evening at Essence..beaut staff.our meals were perfect..as a couple that eat out nearly every weekend,at diff.places .this is by far the best restraunt in Dubbo..

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canberra, Australia
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“Great Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Noted this restaurant had received good reviews from other diners. So glad we went there. We had a very enjoyable meal. Service was wonderful, decor was great and prices were good. High quality food presented well. Highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“A near faultless fine dining experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We decided to try Escence based on Trip Advisor reviews and were not disappointed! The quality of the food was clear from the outset when we received some of the most delicious dukka and caramalised balsamic vinegar to accompany this that we have ever tasted- so much so we bought some jars to take home with us!

The service was carried out with a smile and our starter of calamari was tasty and cooked as it should have been. I had the salmon with broad bean mash for main which was delicious and my husband had the swordfish and absolutely loved it- it literally melted like butter in your mouth and the accompaniments on the plate complemented it perfectly. The wine selection was lovely- we chose one from a winery in Orange and were inspired to visit the cellar door there the next day based on how delicious it was.

For the dessert we had the pavlova which while nice lacked a wow factor and was definitely the weakest point of the meal.

Overall we were extremely impressed with the high quality and freshness of the food and would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone after a fine dining experience. We paid around $150 including a bottle of wine so be prepared to spend in the vicinity of this amount and enjoy!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Good fine dining in Dubbo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Highly recommend the spinach and ricotta gnocchi- hardly any flour so not doughey at all, just delicious!
Excellent Atlantic salmon dish, and superb desserts. Fantastic, friendly service to top it all off. Highly recommended for a great meal out..

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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