Food + drink (restaurant reviews) · New South Wales, Australia · Sydney · Travel

Day trip to the South Coast – Stop 4: St. Isidore

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!

The entry to St. Isidore

 

A cute rustic shed houses the restaurant

 

The rustic vibe continues through the entrance to the restaurant

We walked in, passed the kitchen and were offered a choice between the indoor and outdoor seating areas.

The kitchen

 

The indoor seating area
The indoor seating area

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.

Outdoor seating on the verandah overlooking the peaceful lake and hills

 

Local sourdough bread and a goat’s curd and olive oil 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.

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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.

Middle eastern quail, cauliflower, freekah, pommegranate, dukkah

 

Local snapper, son-in-law egg, green papaya, snake beans, thai basil, tamarind & chilli

 

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Enjoying our meal with our drinks, a Moscato and a ginger ale

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!

Summer melon salad, yoghurt sorbet, pomegranate, mint, pistachio

 

Stonefruits & rhubarb, moscato jelly, almond crème, brik pastry

 

Watermelon sorbet

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!

Tahitian lime tree

 

Plump hens in the hen house

 

Olive tree
Olive tree

 

Vegetable and herb patches

 

One of the two lakes in the restaurant’s grounds, overlooking the restaurant (the shed building)

 

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
http://www.stisidore.com.au/

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

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