The scenic and produce rich Kangaroo Valley has always been a slice of heaven to me. Ever since my childhood family holidays to the South Coast; Kangaroo Valley marked the half way point, and it was time to stretch the legs and grab a milkshake by the river.
The welcoming and contemporary Bistro One46
In the past twenty or so years it has hardly changed, still possessing a country style old-world charm. But don’t mistake old world for old fashioned. On the main street is the contemporary cool Bistro One46. Presenting a seasonal and local produce focused selection of meals. I visited on a rainy and mist infused Saturday afternoon.
Vines drape across the front balcony
The establishment looks like an old two story home, decorated with thick grape vines and a large outdoor dining area. A cheerful young waitress comes to the door to greet us, and there is an immediate warm ambience.
Warm and cosy inside
The light timber décor is matched with beautifully framed artworks adding to the countrified feel. The open kitchen allows for visitors to watch the hustle and bustle of the chefs. There is ample seating both inside and outside of the restaurant, and bookings are recommended when dining in on weekends.
Timber country decor
The blackboard featured two starter and main specials showcasing local seafood produce. Of the starters, choose from Grilled local Cuttlefish with homemade sambal rice, or a consommé of Asian 5 spice duck served with soba noodles (Both $12). Try the fish of the day - a grilled Jewfish fillet served with tartare sauce, chips and salad ($25).
Delicious Blackboard specials
Pasta fans will drool over the handmade prawn and scallop ravioli served with tomato, spinach and lobster cream sauce ($25).
Breakfast and light meal options are also available on the menu.
A focus on local wines from the region are featured on the modest wine list. The waitstaff were attentive and available to ask any questions relating to the menu or wine list.
I tried the Yarrawa Estate Chambourcin ($30 per bottle). The Chambourcin variety brings a complex varietal to the table - great for a winters afternoon dinner, served with steak.
Local Chambourcin from Yarrawa Estate
For a classic starter, I went with a garlic bread to share ($4). Comprised of a perfect serving size on fresh and crusty bread. A great way to start the dining experience.
Crusty hot garlic bread
Come with an appetite prepared for the Surf and Turf ($26), featuring locally sourced meat from the Nowra region. A succulent, cooked to perfection, grain fed scotch fillet served with juicy tiger prawns, Bearnaise sauce, fries and salad.
Surf and Turf
The delicate combination of soft handmade ravioli-blanketed in a rich creamy, lobster sauce is a standout. The layers of flavours from the seafood and local produce are both clever and moorish.
Handmade Ravioli is a standout
By this stage I can usually make room for dessert, but the sheer size of the meals are so generous I could not eat one more thing.
Cosy for a winter lunch
Bistro One46 is a great find in such an iconic jewel of New South Wales' south coast region, with a fresh menu and genuine hospitable staff.
The open and busy kitchen
Where: 146 Moss Vale Road Kangaroo Valley NSW
Why: Delicious local produce rich meals served with a warm ambience.
Cost: Starters are around $15, mains $25 as an average.
Breakfast: Saturday/Sunday from 8am
Lunch: 5 days Saturday - Wednesday 11.30am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 6 nights Friday - Wednesday from 5.30pm (last orders 8.30pm)
Closed on Thursdays and Friday lunch.
Good for kids: Yes - Children's menu and highchairs available.
Take away: Coffee