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Eating in the Southern Highlands

Bowral, Southern HighlandsCREDIT: Destination NSW

Autumn colours in the town of Bowral in the Southern Highlands.

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Eating in the
Southern Highlands

Bowral, Southern Highlands CREDIT: Destination NSW

Autumn colours in the town of Bowral in the Southern Highlands.

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The range of dining options in the Southern Highlands, a 90-minute drive from Sydney, is diverse and impressive. Here in this rural setting you’ll find Australia’s first outpost of a Michelin-starred Thai restaurant, “beer cuisine” from an internationally acclaimed brewery and farm-to-fork menus that celebrate the region’s produce. Here is a quick guide to eating in the region.

Taphouse in Moss Vale 

Southern Highlands Brewing Co.’s co-founder Cameron James has spent more than two decades experimenting with brews — and his craft beer has been recognised internationally (the Goodfather Porter recently won gold at the London Beer Competition). Try his creations at the brewery’s Taphouse in colonial-era Moss Vale. Hungry? Dine in for Taphouse’s take on “beer cuisine”: hearty dishes, often celebrating grains (in true brewer fashion) and local produce. Think slow-cooked beef lasagne (or a char-grilled vegetable version with almond milk béchamel for vegetarians) or hoki fish cocktails, cooked in the brewery’s own Naked Harvest beer. Prefer a bottle of chardonnay or glass of pinot gris? Head to St Maur Wines in nearby Exeter for a tasting experience. Join its wine club for the cost of two cases and you’ll get invited to the estate’s harvest barbecue and other private cellar door lunches.  

Harry’s on Green Lane in Bowral 

Harry’s on Green Lane in Bowral, the largest town in the Southern Highlands, is a lush, plant-filled eatery. The leafy greenery and décor are a tribute to the venue’s namesake, 19th-century horticulturalist Sir Harry Veitch, who dispatched “plant hunters” to search out botanical specimens from around the world. The vegetable-rich menu also reflects this theme, with dishes such as Japanese pumpkin risotto, prawn and avocado salad and beef cheeks with green beans and Paris mash. For a more casual offering, there’s sister café Plantation next door, which serves Double Roasters coffee and all-day menu options (including Instagram-friendly bread and butter pudding adorned with rose petals). While you’re here, check out Green Lane’s other highlights (The Potting Shed and The Orangery) or take a look at the Dirty Janes antique market just footsteps away.  

Paste Australia, Mittagong CREDIT: Paste Australia

Paste Australia's delicious pan seared Hiramasa king fish fillet with far northern Thi Yai, relish and cherry tomato puree.

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Paste Australia, Mittagong CREDIT: Paste Australia

Paste Australia's delicious pan seared Hiramasa king fish fillet with far northern Thi Yai, relish and cherry tomato puree.

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Dirty Janes, Bowral CREDIT: Destination NSW

On a leafy shopping strip in Bowral, you’ll find Harry’s on Green Lane.

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Dirty Janes, Bowral CREDIT: Destination NSW

On a leafy shopping strip in Bowral, you’ll find Harry’s on Green Lane.

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Paste Australia in Mittagong 

Award-winning chef Bongkoch ‘Bee’ Satongun and husband Jason Bailey have opened the first-ever local outpost of their Michelin-starred Thai restaurant Paste Bangkok. They chose the Mittagong setting for Paste Australia because Bailey is from the Southern Highlands. Their inspired take on Thai food — where they draw on dishes with 17th-century roots and give them an inventive update — continues here. A spanner crab dish flavoured with turmeric and yellow chilli (and artfully served in the crustacean’s shell) takes its cue from a 1780-era Thai-Portuguese salad. The menu also reworks traditional dishes with Australian ingredients, such as green curry with prawns and hiramasa kingfish served with a relish originating from Thailand’s north.  

Moonacres Kitchen in Robertson 

With its farm just 10 minutes away, it’s no surprise that Moonacres Kitchen, in the small town of Robertson, chooses to highlight hyper-local ingredients. The eatery’s menu features organic fruit and vegetables harvested from its own grounds — so you’ll find farm greens in a three-egg scramble with feta cheese on sourdough. Moonacres Kitchen also spotlights other producers and growers in the region, which means a charred cauliflower salad with za’atar spice gets a savoury hit from blue cheese by the local Pecora Dairy

Lake Alexandra Reserve, Mittagong CREDIT: Destination NSW

Morning sun shining over Lake Alexandra, Mittagong in the Southern Highlands.

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Lake Alexandra Reserve, Mittagong CREDIT: Destination NSW

Morning sun shining over Lake Alexandra, Mittagong in the Southern Highlands.

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Robertson, Southern Highlands CREDIT: Dee Kramer Photography

Scenic aerial of Robertson in the Southern Highlands.

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Robertson, Southern Highlands CREDIT: Dee Kramer Photography

Scenic aerial of Robertson in the Southern Highlands.

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