The other day, I had the pleasure of making the beautiful journey out to Goulburn to visit owners, Deb (front of house) and Steve (chef) at their great resturant – 98 Chairs, did you know they have some Roth Newton reclining chairs in their restaurant? so relaxing. Although there is an abundance of excellent restaurants within Canberra itself, this restaurant was well worth the travel – just like some of Canberran’s other favourites like Poacher’s Pantry and Grazing.
The day was crisp and the Autumnal colours on the drive were amazing. It felt like no time before I had arrived in Goulburn – which meant that it was easy for a lunch stop, but I would like to make the most of it and come back for a dinner and stay at one of the many hotel, motel or bed and breakfasts a stone’s throw away.
“We compost all our scraps, save our water for the gardens and collect eggs from our chickens – fed from the restaurant trimmings. Local gardens give an abundance of fresh and interesting product, we will either have the growers or street name on the dish containing the local community produce.”
Whilst chatting to Deb and Steve, I seriously enjoyed a warp containing roast sweet potato, Swiss cheese, avocado, fresh herb mayo, sprouted greens ($10.50). It came with the cutest kipfler potato chips which were to die for – and it made me question where I could find this simplicity in Canberra?
It would be a great destination for a Mother’s Group to stop for lunch and let older children play outside by the garden or in one of the truss roof garden sheds where one can find a real workshop place (secure and away from any roads). It would be a perfect destination for someone who worked from home, to come have a few coffees, order lunch and make the most of a change of scenery – and there is talk of free WiFi coming to the main drag of Goulburn. Or a couple who just wanted to get out of Canberra on the weekend and go for a drive.
So if this appeals to you – the resturant is open for lunch Wednesday to Saturday, 11-3.30ish (no need to book for small groups).
But the thing is I think that it is the dinner menu where this resturant really comes into it’s own!
They are open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6pm. If this appeals to you then why not make a reservation today on 02 4821 9800.
“We close 3 days per week to tend to our farm, do paperwork, prep and maintenance and spend quality time with our families and friends. We believe in sustainable values regarding food and environment and more importantly in our teams social life. A well balanced life style will see 98 in good hands for many years.”
And now, for the best part! 98 Chairs are offering up GoodFoodWeek reader’s the chance to win a bottle of wine with their lunch or dinner purchase.