Pappa Roti

My sister was nice enough to get me some Pappa Roti before I left Sydney and with easy heat up instructions, I was able to experience hot fluffy roti back in Canberra. While I was heating it up in the oven, my whole kitchen smelt like a delicious coffee cream Swiss roll. Crispy on the outside with a warm fluffy centre makes it a sweet treat without being too heavy.

Sorry Canberrans, they only have store in  NSW, Vic and QLD.

Venue: Pappa Roti

Address: 291 Anzac Parade, Kingsford, NSW

Phone: (02) 9663 4965 

Trading hours:

Mon – Thurs, Sun 7:30am – 10:30pm

Fri – Sat 7:30am – 11pm

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Morning tea @ the Bowral Cafe


We stopped by at the Bowral Cafe for a morning tea and what made us stop was the glass cabinets filled with baked goods in the front window.

Flat white and a hot chocolate.

Their vanilla custard cannoli was really good and crispy.

You probably wonder why I limited myself to one item of food, it’s because Bowral is rich with patisserie options! I had to pace myself.   Obviously there are a lot of things to try, I hope to come back and get the chance.

Venue: The Bowral Cafe & Patisserie

Address: Shp3/ 328 Bong Bong St, Bowral NSW 2576

Phone: (02) 4861 5691

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Briars in Bowral


We stayed at Briars which is conveniently located near Biota and it included a complimentary breakfast the next morning.

It was cold and raining outside, perfect weather for a big breakfast.

The standard selection of juices, coffee, tea, breads, fruit, yoghurt, and hot food, nothing special but yay for complimentary!

Biota dining re-run


Timmy and I were celebrating a special occasion and where better to go then Biota dining (again) and although I might have been slightly distracted, that didn’t stop me from taking photos of all the gorgeous plated food that was placed before us.

Complimentary bread~

House baked sour dough rye with smoked butter 

Complimentary starter~

White anchovy with brick bread. I love the presentation of this, it was slightly salty with a crispy texture.

Hendricks Gin and Tonic served with cucumbers ($10.00)

Reisling from the local Centennial Vineyards ($8.00) A beautiful wine, I really wanted to go to the vineyard but I didn’t get time.

Entrees~ ($23.00)

Duck egg, puffed grains, duck ham, celeriac and brassicas. Almost like a fancy take on bacon and eggs.I couldn’t tell it was a duck egg and I thought the puffed grains were the most interesting flavour and texture on the plate.

Cured mackerel, lettuce hearts, nashi, grape juices and lime.  A nice salty fish complimented by the sweetness of the fruits on the plate.

Mains~ ($39.00)

Spatchcock with pears, speck, hazelnuts and chestnut porridge. I thought the texture of the porridge was weird but I really enjoyed the pear and the twisted sweet pear skin twigs.

Glazed pork cheek, turnips, cauliflower, fig and mushrooms. Pork cheek wasn’t available so they substituted it with pork neck. The meat had a very sticky coating but everything was very good on the plate.

Desserts~ ($18.00)

Chocolate, salted caramel, popcorn, ginger juice sorbet and aero. Everything was really delicious although they went waaay overboard with the overwhelming coffee crumb.

Sweetened grass milk, peanuts, coffee crumb and hops ice-cream. The sweetened grassmilk covered in poppyseeds was one of the oddest things I have ever eaten. My favourite element on the plate was the peanuts surprisingly. 

I don’t know if the previous dining experience set the bar too high or I just didn’t particularly like Biota’s Winter menu but I didn’t enjoy my meal as much as the first time that I went despite a pleasant meal.

Venue: Biota Dining

Address: Southern Highlands, Kangaloon Rd, Bowral, NSW 2576

Phone: (02) 4862 2005 bookings recommended