Restaurant Reviews

Knee Deep

Knee Deep
160 Johnson Rd, Wilyabrup, WA


Many talented young chefs have cooked at Knee Deep, but there’s something about Baxter Newstead that marks this cellar-door restaurant as one to (re)watch. A CV that includes Noma Australia and Vue de Monde sets expectations high, and the dishes make good on that promise. Australian ingredients star, from marron enriched with a lime-sharpened brown butter emulsion to pickled quandongs that freshen a meaty slice of oxheart tomato grilled over wood. This introspective attitude isn’t entirely solemn, however – lunch might include reimagined lamingtons and a dinky half-time orange jelly. Although the quality of the estate wines continues to rise, the offer of well-chosen imports poured by enthusiastic staff is a pleasing development. The Trust The Chef tasting menu remains the best way to experience Knee Deep, especially when a head-turning “rose” of white plum dusted with powdered rosella brings things to a close.


(08) 9755 6776



Bookings essential


  • Licensed

  • Bar

  • Wheelchair Access

Accepted card types:

  • American Express

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Baxter Newstead

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

Food: ★

Wine: ★

Gourmet Traveller’s star-ratings, which range from zero to three stars, reflect reviewers’ first-hand experiences. The best-rated restaurants form our national Top 100. Our wine ratings, from zero to three stars, are made by wine editor Max Allen on the strength of the quality of the restaurant’s wine list. View our rating key here.

Knee Deep
160 Johnson Rd, Wilyabrup, WA
Baxter Newstead
Bookings essential
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Lunch Wed-Mon noon-3pm

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