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“Head down the Hume Highway” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Biota Dining

Biota Dining
18 kangaloon rd, Bowral, New South Wales 2576, Australia
+61 2 4862 2005
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Ranked #13 of 69 Restaurants in Bowral
Price range: $47 - $98
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Australia
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“Head down the Hume Highway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We have eaten at Biota three or four times in the past year,most recently for a Mothers Day lunch.The restaurant is a stand-out in the Southern Highland and quite honestly would justify a drive from Sydney,particularly with the trees of Bowral in golden leaf.
The room is beautifully decorated with a welcoming feel as you arrive..not fussy but elegant,with tables far enough apart to allow for expansive conversation.
The produce is all grown locally or sourced locally and we had a prawn risotto that was one of the best dishes I have eaten this year.
They were incredibly helpful in finding an alternative for my daughter who didn't want the fish course and the wine recommendation was spot on for the food.
There were a number of families with children celebrating the occasion and there was no sense that the staff were phased by this.

  • Visited May 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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“Can't fault it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Beautiful restaurant, food is amazing, the flavours in each dish paired together really well, staff were professional, smooth and casual.

Keen to go back for the casual dining option in the sun.

Dining at Biota is definitely special. Had some beautiful local wine.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney
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“A treasure in the Country”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Four of us dined at Biota on the eve of Mother's Day. We had read of this modern two hatted restaurant in the NSW Southern Highlands that specialised in the region's produce. So we made the trip from Sydney to try it.

The modern restaurant centrally located in Bowral is a delight and provides a comfortable dining experience. Biota's staff are young, friendly and attentive.

The restaurant features set menus of three, five and seven courses. Menus are reasonably priced and promise much. Our party chose the three course menu and found the mains needed a little more in them and were bland. The beef dish needed to be warmer and the beef was overdone and more chewy than expected. Starters and sweets were interesting and excellent.

Biota's wine list catered for all tastes and wallets. We enjoyed a local Pinot Grigio and a wonderful Shiraz from the Grampians. One of our party tried the local Blanc Blanc, a champagne style, and found it so outstanding that we purchased a few bottles from the winery the next morning.

All in all, we had a very pleasant evening in a charming busy restaurant.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“over rated”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Easier to drive back to Sydney if you're looking for fine dining in Bowral. Good looking place, great layout but reasonably pretentious, and quite exxy!
Look it's okay, but really probably only good for an expensive romantic dinner, special occasion, wedding etc.

Visited April 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Enjoyable but Expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We were warned Biota was not your usual Bowral eatery. A very nicely appointed establishment, the service was good and our waitperson had a good understanding of the menu, especially as it has some unusual aspects in how the food is prepared and served. The food was excellent and a great care was taken in the preparation and presentation, except the portions were very small, wine was in the upper end of the price range, but a very good range.
If you are looking for something different and can afford it, Biota is worthy of a visitl.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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