You’d be forgiven for being sceptical: fine dining, a cellar door, orchard and olive grove, award winning food and views to Parliament House, all on one site? As visitors to Canberra’s Pialligo Estate – a 55-acre property on the banks of the Molonglo River – soon find out, it’s no fallacy.
If you’re taking the high-end option and dining in Pialligo Estate’s Farmhouse Restaurant, come with an empty belly: on weekend evenings this involves a six-course degustation. On weekdays and lunchtimes the seasonal focus means a rotating a la carte menu; options include chestnut gnocchi, biodynamic lamb or Kangaroo Island scallops. While the restaurant is nothing to be sneezed at, it’s the offsite smokehouse – relocated after the original was gutted in a fire mid 2016 – that has brought Pialligo Estate its widest acclaim. The smoked salmon, chicken, and duck are all popular, but the company’s artisan bacon has been awarded as the best bacon in Australia the last two years running.