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“Relax with lunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant

Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant
790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin, New South Wales 2320, Australia
02 4998 4666
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Ranked #7 of 52 Restaurants in Pokolbin
Price range: $31 - $39
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Esca Bimbadgen is situated high on a hill in the heart of Hunter Valley Wine Country. Dedicated to the art of food & wine matching, Esca’s modern Australian cuisine, fresh local and home grown produce and spectacular views make for a truly memorable dining experience.Esca's contemporary restaurant design features large glass windows and an open balcony allowing guests stunning wine country views over the Bimbadgen vineyards to the Brokenback ranges.Esca Bimbadgen is a regional restaurant, that uses produce sourced locally or grown on the Estate including lemons, figs and fresh herbs. A feature of the menu are the Esca Tasting Plates, like a “mini-degustation”, where guests can enjoy three ‘tastes’ from the menu each matched with a Bimbadgen Estate wine.
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Relax with lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Visited for lunch with overseas guests and had the tasting plates for both main and desert with the inclusive wines. Excellent choice as the food was presented well, consisted of quality and complementary ingredients served by pleasant and professional wait staff. The rose scented crème brulee was like nothing I have tasted before. Great outlook and we lingered ......

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Be warned”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere and good lunch but be warned... This restaurant is in the entertainment book but are misleading in what your entertainment card discount can be used for. If they are so "anti" entertainment card, then why be in the book. Ended on a disappointing note. We usually pick these guys as a special occasion but after the bad taste left in our mouth today, we will go elsewhere in future.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“The perfect spot for dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

We had a fantastic dinner at Esca. Beautiful views and excellent service. The food was exceptional and I would recommend saving some room for desert if you can! Highly recommended.

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Enjoyable restaurant experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Four of us lunched at Esca on Christmas Eve, while staying in the HUnter valley. The food was beautifully presented and very interesting combinations of ingredients, flavours and textures.The service was friendly and efficient. I thought the prices were reasonable for the standard of food- less than you would pay for the same in Sydney. A bonus is the nice views. The two of us who are vegetarian had not much choice but we were happy with what we had. The dessert was possibly the best I have ever tasted!

  • Visited December 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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Country NSW
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“High Tea & Fabulous Scones”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We enjoyed the High Tea at Esca on a mid week visit to the Hunter Valley. Service was great, food was lovely and as normally a non scone eater I was so pleasantly surprised to try the beautiful, crunchy, tasty scones with lovely jam and lots of cream. The best I have ever tasted.
A great afternoon and a lovely treat with a glass of bubbles. The view is gorgeous and we found the staff friendly, efficient and chatty. We would definitely come back again.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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