No2 Oak Street Bellingen NSW Australia 02 6655 9000
No2 Oak Street Bellingen

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Whatever it is the Urquhart family have, it should be bottled. Owners Ray and Toni's children are all grown up, and work in the restaurant as though they were born to it, which, of course, they were. Michael and Shani were toddlers when their parents first opened the front door of this delightful timber cottage in 1995. The family shares an innate sense of hospitality, so an evening here is one that promises fun and good food, from Ray's ubiquitous flower-pot bread (hard to believe how good it is, still warm and slathered with roast garlic oil) right through to the last finger-lick of the espresso syrup that furls around orange-scented goat's curd semifreddo. Between start and finish a succession of robust flavours is handled with elegance: crab bisque-soused prawn ravioli, marbled beef with earthy mushroom ragout, roasted bone marrow and cafe de Paris butter; and duck crusted in pepper atop shredded red cabbage and hazelnut cream. Everything is delivered with that trademark Urquhart je ne sais quoi. 

2012 Review SMH Good Food Guide