Update: This restaurant has permanently closed its business operations.
On our way back from our Orange trip, we decided to stop by Millthorpe to nose around for lunch even though I was secretly eyeing KFC joints along the highway.
This decision to wonder around this quaint little town paid handsome dividends as we chanced upon an unassuming Basalt Wine Bar & Dining. It appeared closed from the outside but the moment we got into the door, it was like mayhem on a quiet long weekend!
Two wonderfully executed mains cemented our suspicion that Orange and its surrounding towns are truly a food and wine paradise, if only Sydneysiders cared to look.
The slow-cooked beef cheeks with potenta mash were delicately tender and yet full of the flavours from a slow-cooked oven whilst the polenta was the perfect candidate in bringing out the flavours of the stew.
Mysaucepan ordered a cleverly executed salmon Wellington with bernaise sauce and purple carrots where delicately baked potato strings were paired with baby carrots and a rich hollandaise sauce. This dish was wonderfully executed as the potato strings “pastry” was crispy and the salmon was gently moist and medium rare inside.
Although the restaurant was busy with the long weekend lunch crowd, service was attentive and knowledeable.
Desserts were no less impressive and we left Orange with a nostalgic feeling this place is nothing short of a food destination absolutely worth the 3-hours drive from Sydney.
We stopped to admire the beautiful sea of yellow canola fields as we took a slow drive back to Sydney.
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Basalt Wine Bar and Dining
Corner of Park and Victoria streets
Millthorpe, New South Wales 2798