There’s nothing like escaping the city in search of fabulous dining destinations and this weekend Matt Baseley follows his tastebuds over the Blue Mountains to Orange check out two of its best restaurants.
The Schoolhouse Restaurant is one of Orange’s most iconic dining and drinking venues. Situated in the gorgeous Union Heritage Bank Building in the CBD, this charming eatery serves up exquisite modern brasserie-style cuisine with a spotlight on local seasonal produce. Join Matt as he tries some of the restaurant’s signature dishes such as Farmer Doug’s Potato Scallops, the large-cut Sirloin in Miso Bagna Cauda, and the local Quark with Za’atar and Tomatoes.
Just a few minutes away is Orange’s second hatted restaurant, Charred Kitchen and Bar, which bills itself as ‘serious food, relaxed dining’.
The restaurant has over nine hundred wines on offer, including delicious local drops and some of the best international wines in the world. The beating heart of the kitchen here is a custom-made woodfire and charcoal oven named Lucifer, which gives the degustation dishes their signature ‘charred’ flavour, including three of its best; the Duo of Tarts, the Black Angus Charcoal and the Stawberries and Cream, which leaves Matt in heavenly (or hellishly) bliss!