First look: Clementine, Yass

Burnt honey parfait, poached peach, pistachio and frozen yogurt

Burnt honey parfait, poached peach, pistachio and frozen yogurt

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country right now: Clementine, Yass.

Adam Bantock has more than taken the concept of home-grown hospitality to heart, opening a 50-seat bistro in his family cottage in Yass. Bantock honed his skills with polished eats at the likes of Canberra's A Baker and Temporada, but here creates a menu that's as much about quality produce and restraint. Fine seafood underpins a vibrant plate of prawns and clams dressed with lemon chilli and fregola. Agnolotti filled with duck, orange caramel and parmesan, meanwhile, display technical deftness. But the CWA blue-ribbon winner has to be a nod to the Sunday roast - gently roasted local lamb rump with the sweet and nutty characters of pumpkin caponata, burnt butter and raisins. In country that's home to plantings from the likes of Clonakilla, Ravensworth and Eden Road, a wine list dedicated exclusively to the local drop is a no-brainer. Perfect for a long, slow lunch in a picture-perfect Australian country town.

Clementine, 104 Meehan St, Yass, NSW, (02) 6226 3456.

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