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Review - 221 Restaurant & Bar


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The day after an epic 10-course degustation, I took a drive up Putty Road. Turned out to be a little longer than anticipated, so by the time we were heading back through Cessnock, I was starving.

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Hoping for a half-decent steak I found this place, but twigged it was something more when I visited the candy pink bathroom with silver chandelier.

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The luminosity continued into a lime green restaurant with a switched-on young chef – Daniel Hunt.

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Well-handled seafood makes up much of his fancier Thursday-Sunday menu.

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From the dependable staff favourite of Seared Atlantic Sea Scallops ($24) with cauliflower puree, Chambord jus, pear and jamon Serrano; to...

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...a soupy skillet of Saffron Pappardelle ($24), briny diamond clams and king prawns, my taste buds were impressed!

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Despite the exuberant number of extras – radicchio, black figs, vanilla syrup, potato fondant and hazelnuts – dotting rolled Nulkaba Farmed Quail ($24), the local bird sang. I also rated creamy Port Stephens Oysters ($3/each) with surprisingly smart dressings, like sesame and lime.

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Throwing in lightly charred Salt and Pepper Garfish ($22) accentuated by a simple watercress, radish and ruby grapefruit salad, plus inexpensive local wines, and there’s good reason to stop not bypass this town on your next Hunter Valley adventure.

*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 28th April, 2013: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-april-28

221 Restaurant & Bar
Royal Oak Hotel, 221 Vincent Street, Cessnock
Ph: (02) 4991 3700

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