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Jaaning Tree

“Contemporary Cuisine and fine wine” .. And boy was it

Camping in Nambucca Heads , November 2012. Second day of pouring rain, we are all tired and cold and in serious need of some good R & R.While driving around in Nambucca searching for a place to eat we stumble apon a little restaurant. Menu looks good enough and the Aboriginal art inside draws my attention. So we book a table for three just in case there isnt space for us later that evening.

Later that evening , rain is even worse than before. Feels like we are going to be washed away. I dont think Nambucca Heads has had rain like that all season. We stop at the RSL club before our reservation to have some drinks.

Finally Dinner with Dad and karen. Walking in to Jaaning Tree i immediately knew that i would have a lovely time there , even if the food wasnt great. Each table has a candle in the middle which sets a relaxed ambiance . Only three other tables were occupied , probably because of the bad weather. Every wall has an original Aboriginal painting spread across it , Just reminding you that you are indeed in Australia , not somewhere on a European Riviera.

Our Host arrives to take our Drinks order. We order a bottle of Tatachilla , Reserve Mclaren Vale , Shiraz 2009 ( )

Drinks arrive and the complimentary bread basket with Macadamia oil is set on the table for us to enjoy ( and not starve from hunger )

We order our food , Dad orders the beef : Aabenraa Scotch beef fillet with kipfler potatoes, pumpkin,bok choy and a pepperberry

Karen has the pork : Double braised pork belly with apples, potatoes and an Illawarra plum

And i have the Pasta of the day : Homemade Pasta of the day , Its actually a started but it was more than enough for me. The Blue cheese , cream and saffron compliment each other  especially with the veggies of the day.

We waited a while before the food was served , masterpieces take time . Each dish was prepared as if it was a once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece painting. ( Gordon Ramsay would be proud )

Karen said her dish was amazing , something she has never had before .


Dad said that his Beef was a little cold ( because they let it settle ) but other than that it was delicious .




My dish was mind-blowing … I have never had saffron before and it completely surprised me. I also dont usually eat blue cheese ( the ONLY cheese i dont eat ) and so took a big risk  when ordering this meal. This meal was heavenly , i just couldnt eat enough of it. I thought it would be too rich because of the blue cheese but it actually was not at all. P1020177




Besides the food , the service was excellent as well. Our Host was funny , friendly , quick and helpful.




The evening was a huge success and i will go there again anytime! If you are ever in Nambucca , or even in NSW , do yourself a favour — go to Jaaning Tree!



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