For the seventh year in a row, Biota Dining has received a two-hat rating in the Good Food Guide.
The Bowral restaurant was one of four restaurants in regional NSW to receive the rating. Biota Dining owner James Viles said he shared the success with his team, including managers Ben and Nell Shephard.
“We have some amazing staff, we can’t do what we do without them,” Mr Viles said.
“It’s such a team effort, I’m just so proud of them all.”
Mr Viles said he was always “humbled and excited” to receive a hat.
“You put your head down and you work hard all year. It’s a nice surprise if it happens,” he said.
“It’s good for the junior staff too. I think back to when I was a young cook, and I wanted to work in the top 50 restaurants. It’s nice that Biota Dining is that.”
Meanwhile Bistro Officina received a one-hat rating in the Good Food Guide.
The restaurant was one of 18 restaurants across regional NSW to receive the accolade.
Bistro Officina prides itself on a beautiful space with simple, real food, a nice and warm environment, and beverages that satisfy the palate.
The Bowral restaurant also received one hat last year in the 2018 Good Food Guide.
Both restaurants are featured in the Good Food Guide’s second annual national edition.
The Good Food Guide is Australia's most trusted restaurant guide, compiled and edited by respected, independent critics.
Reviewers arrive unannounced, pay for their own meals and are stringent judges, looking at service, ambiance, the X factor and the food.
The guide is on sale in newsagencies, bookstores and via thestore.com.au/gfg19.