Pipers of Penola
Modern Australian
Pipers of Penola

This quaint white timber restaurant was a turn-of-the-century ex-Methodist church, tucked down a quiet Penola street. Ten years ago, accomplished floor manager Erika Bowen and her chef husband Simon transformed it into a tidy, efficient dining room, and have remained true to the building's historic charm. A small but carefully considered à la carte menu focuses on regional produce with a few French twists. Chilled tomato tea sets a tasty tone. A sense of warm, country charm informs a hearty entrée of duck liver pâté on grilled brioche with cornichons, mustard fruits and celeriac rémoulade, and pork double cutlet, white bean and hock ragoût evokes nostalgia for your nanna's kitchen. South Australian, Victorian and Spanish fortifieds settle a full stomach, while an extensive wine list showcases Coonawarra and Europe. And yes, desserts can be lavish - such as the four sugared yeast doughnuts with coffee, Frangelico ice-cream, macadamia nuts and mint.

You might also like:

Market Eating House

Hear that? That's Bunbury buzzing about this high-paced din...

Albert Street Food & Wine

Philippa Sibley may have left the building, but Albert St F...

At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $16-$21

    M $35-$40

    D $16-$24


  • Feature:
  • BYO
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Simon Bowen



Brisbane, QLD
Esquire describes its adventurous degustation approach as a commitment between kitchen an...

Momofuku Seiobo

Sydney, NSW
How to sum up Momofuku Seiobo's 12-course meal? Excellent eclecticism. Paul Carmichael ke...

Da Noi

Melbourne, VIC
Sardinian warmth meets assured technique and an Italian-leaning wine list in this cosy So...


Sydney, NSW
It's a rare trick, but Clayton Wells pulls it off time and time again: the creation of pl...

Bar Lourinha

Melbourne, VIC
After more than a decade, Bar Lourinha's star power shows no signs of waning. Adorned wit...

Vue de Monde

Melbourne, VIC
Vue de Monde impresses not just with the views that come with its lofty 55th-floor perch,...

Cutler & Co.

Melbourne, VIC
Cutler & Co is a definitive Melbourne dining experience: a former tableware factory o...


Melbourne, VIC
Part of Andrew McConnell's empire, this is the younger, buzzier, carefree sibling to the ...