Potager is a delightful surprise hidden beyond the country suburb of Bilambil south of the Gold Coast.
Established in 2006 by Pete and Gareth with a grand vision to grow and source local food – served with exuberant intent. They nailed it!
Fast track to now and the vision lives on and is evident in every dish made and served. It’s a special part of the dream and the intent is certainly evident in the attention to detail, amazing menu and a relaxing venue.
Unfortunately one of the partners passed away in 2019 but everyone is happy and committed in his spirit.
On our visit we are met by a beautiful rustic home set amongst an enlivened field with a seductive edible garden.
The staff are all very competent and eager to say hello. The ethos of the restaurant/community is to support local including the staff.
The views over the valley are delightful and the wine list substantial.
We are with a few friends and cocktails are ordered.
For entree we share the fair game, wild venison carpaccio, pickled plum, mushroom, tarragon pesto, lemon myrtle cracker.
My main course didn’t sound that much on the menu but was delicious with lots of subtle and Peruvian sudado de pescado(fish stew). Whilst the menu changes depending on what is in season and available the stew is always available. I will be going back for the fish stew for sure. Warming, nourishing and flavours full of the depth of the sea.
It is one of the dishes designed and kept as a tribute. I really rate the fish stew but would go so far as to recommend everything on the menu. My friends have the duck which melts in your mouth whilst my partner has local caught fish which was so well cooked.
What I love most about Potager is the local grown vegetables used with every dish. It is like a blessing from the planet to your plate.
Thank you so much guys, we will be back again soon,