Not terribly happy with our hotel meal, we decided to eat out on our second night in Bowral and turned to TA to see what might be available, and, as it was on top of the list, decided to try Onesta. Excellent choice! No problem booking, given an additional recommendation by our cab driver, we entered what looked, from outside,a fairly unpretentious building to find the restaurant almost deserted, not always a good sign. Before we could turn around we were greeted enthusiastically by Jase (who had been mentioned so often in reviews I felt I already knew him) and ushered to a nice table by a window. Jase explained the previous evening had been very busy but for some reason tonight the restaurant was only lightly booked, so he'd be able to give us more time...which he did. The menu was impressive without being daunting, although we regretted we weren't staying longer because there were a number of options which we would have loved to try (and maybe will when we next get back to the southern highlands). Everything well cooked and presented, but the stand out was, believe it or not....the brussel sprouts. Now normally I regard these little green balls as punishment food, but ours can only be described as ---more-ish. Sautéed with proscuitto, garlic and a few other herbs or spices, we were delighted the serving was not cuisine minceur. (Forgot to mention the prosciutto board as a starter: thoroughy recommended! P found the winter minestrone exceptional...she always says you can judge an Italian restaurant by the quality of its minestrone, or its Martini...Jase scored again with this one)). Wine list v. good with a number of local and Italian wines.
No hesitation in joining with all the other reviewers who justly place Onesta at Numero Uno.
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