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EXP.: Restaurant review

Chef-owner Frank Fawkner makes fearless moves at EXP.


Chef-owner Frank Fawkner makes fearless moves at EXP. Like the decision to split macadamia cream with eucalyptus oil, which brings bush-walk sensibility to well-cured cuts of kingfish. Or the choice not just to make 'nduja in-house, but to utilise local duck rather than pork, then serve it over dashi chawanmushi with charred corn and black garlic. Flavours are bold from the dégustation's start to finish, with every detail scrupulously interrogated, right down to the striking custom cutlery and serving vessels. (Ever picked a choux bun piped with taramasalata off a banksia cone or plucked honey-infused petits fours from a beeswax plate?) Seats along the kitchen counter offer an up-close look at all the action, but the drama is palpable in every corner of the intimate, low-lit room and carried out with confidence and professionalism by manager Harrison Plant. An accomplished high-wire act in the Hunter.


EXP. Restaurant
Pokolbin Village, 2188 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
0478 374 677
Chef Frank Fawkner
Price guide $$
Bookings Essential
Wheelchair access Yes
Open Dinner Fri-Mon
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