Our lunch stop was tucked away on a suburban street of Milton. The concept behind the team at St. Isidore is to showcase local produce. The restaurant even sources its vegetables, herbs and eggs from its very own onsite garden!
We walked in, passed the kitchen and were offered a choice between the indoor and outdoor seating areas.
It was a perfect 28 degree sunny Summer’s day, so there was no debate as to where we were sitting! We sat outside on the verandah overlooking the peaceful country garden of St. Isidore and the rolling hills beyond, ready for a well-deserved long and lazy lunch after the 3.5 hour drive. The air was fresh and crisp and even the water tasted better. We were promptly served local bread with an olive oil and goat’s cheese curd dip.
I ordered a glass of the Lake Breeze 2013 Moscato; its light sweet flavours were perfect for a summer’s day. Mr. A ordered ginger ale (clearly, he had not moved on yet from his ginger beer-find-of-the-day at Crooked River Wines.
The food was outstanding. There was something about the taste that made St. Isidore unique, setting it apart from any other restaurant. The flavours were the freshest I’d ever had from a restaurant and were honest – a prime example of letting the food speak for itself. I ordered the Middle eastern quail, cauliflower, freekah, pommegranate, dukkah and Mr. A chose the local snapper, son-in-law egg, green papaya, snake beans, thai basil, tamarind & chilli.
The dessert options were light, fresh, delicate and not overly sweet or rich, just what I look for in a dessert. I ordered the Summer melon salad, yoghurt sorbet, pomegranate, mint, pistachio and Mr. A ordered the stonefruits & rhubarb, moscato jelly, almond crème, brik pastry, and he couldn’t resist a scoop of watermelon sorbet. Their flavours certainly lived up to their appearances and these were definitely in the top 5% of desserts I’d ever had!
We then took a stroll in the gardens and found plump hens, Tahitian lime trees, olive trees and various herbs. The grounds even had its very own lake and footbridge!
Did St. Isidore live up to its raving reviews? Most definitely! This is an experience not to be missed when travelling down the South Coast!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Address: 89 Croobyar Road, Milton NSW 2538
Phone: (02) 4455 7251
Our day trip to the South Coast:
Stop 1: Southern Gateway Centre
Stop 2: Mountain Range Farm / Dapto Community Farm
Stop 3: Crooked River Wines
Stop 4: St. Isidore (lunch)
Stop 5: Hyam’s Beach, Jervis Bay
Stop 6: Paperbark Camp and Gunyah Restaurant