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“A Great Return...”

Esca Bimbadgen Restaurant
Ranked #20 of 77 Restaurants in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$31 - US$39
Cuisines: Australian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Dined at Esca Bimbadgen on a beautiful sunny winter’s day recently. The Hunter Valley was a picture and we were able to enjoy it to advantage with a wonderful pre-lunch overflight in a Slattery’s Helicopter.
It is now a little over two years since we last dined at this modern restaurant and one of the few Valley restaurants that opens for Monday lunch. Table settings and furnishing were pristine and caught the light from the establishment’s surrounding windows that highlight the Valley. The focus on excellent local produce and Bimbadgen wines remains the same and the new chef, Jonathan Heath, seems to be keen to take the restaurant on to new heights. If our last visit was anything to go by, he had a very good starting point.
The winter menu offers a well-priced tasting plate featuring three tastings per plate. Each tasting is matched with a wine that highlights the tasting. Our tastings included spatchcock terrine, beef carpaccio, beef sirloin, smoked duck breast and garden pea brulee. Tastings were winter dishes, well prepared and presented. Of the six fine wines that accompanied our tastings, the standouts were the Bimbadgen Regions 2012 Gewürztraminer and the Bimbadgen Signature 2011 McDonalds Road Shiraz. Both were in a class of their own.
The Shiraz was so good that we chose it again to accompany the wonderful cheese plate that topped off our lunch.
For those choosing the tasting plate, remember they are tastings. If you really want to lock horns with a dish, you would be better off ordering an entrée and/or a main.
Again, we had another fine meal at Esca and would return for the right occasion.

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1  Thank Barratt
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Thank you so much to Carlie and the staff at Bimbadgen for making our private wine tasting and Esca lunch so wonderful! The food was to die for and the staff were very friendly.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

We went as a family group of eight to this lovely restaurant for dinner. The interior is gorgeous and the staff friendly and attentive. Very accommodating for the teenage kids in what they would eat. The adult meals were beautiful. The pea creme brûlée was so different to anything we had eaten but worked well. The pork belly was one of the best we have eaten. Oxtail, duck, everything was superb. The wines kept flowing all night with advice from the maître. The dessert tasting plate was large and good for two. Overall a lovely night.

1  Thank Mpeg36
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Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

Took a friend to this wonderful restaurant, a must when we go to the Hunter Valley.
Another fantastic food fest with the fantastic Bimbadgen wines! Spoke to the wonderful innovative chefs in the open kitchen on the way out... Always a pleasure. Needless to say, our friend said 'one of the best restaurants ever' Taking a selection of their impressive wines with us we left in a happy haze....

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1  Thank Liz W
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Why was wine poured when I had ordered glass of bubbly to start first? Why was it not mentioned that wines accompanied tasting plate? Had glasses lined up! Apart from that, staff were attentative and very pleasant. Very disappointed with fish. Overcooked and dry, no taste.

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1  Thank WendynAndy
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