When we heard Chef Brent Strong had opened a new restaurant in Berry, we made sure to visit. We had sampled his exquisite food over the past two years at Bangalay Dining in the Shoalhaven and really enjoyed it.
His new venture is ‘Harvest Berry Mountain’ on the Main Street of Berry. This is essentially two places in one, with a smokehouse and beer garden out the back and a fine dining restaurant by night, cafe by day inside.
The outdoor space is a lovely garden with garden tables, umbrellas and greenery and a prominent smokehouse area serving up slow cooked meats such as chicken wings, pulled pork, smoked sausage and more.
We were just there for a drink and snack and tried the burnt ends on toast with blue cheese, pickled cucumber and the tasty meat. It’s a good snack to have with a beer.
The venue has a great drink list including craft beers and spirits, especially their own craft beer. This has been brewed by renowned head brewer, Neal Cameron. We tried a few of their beers and hope to see tasting paddles in the future as we think people would love this. Plenty of cocktails here too and I was appreciative there was even a non-alcoholic gin and tonic using seedlip. So good, just like the real thing.
We think it would be good to also have some snacks like olives, smoked nuts or charcuterie boards as well if you just wanted afternoon drinks.
If you’re dining inside, it’s a lovely space with exposed brick interiors, polished wooden floors, marble tables and white chairs and a prominent bar with a brass beer tap, drinks on display, velveteen chairs and copper industrial lights. We like that you can also see the chefs working away in the kitchen.
The inside space hosts a fine dining option at night with a 2 course menu at $60 per person or 3 courses at $80 per person. The food uses fresh and local ingredients. We recommend checking out their website to peruse the menu.
We returned for their breakfast which has some great options such as a granola, eggs and sourdough and the options we chose. We loved that the breakfast here uses quality ingredients and smoking techniques to provide a delicious meal. The house made Pulled pork Baked beans was lovely and Smokey and served alongside an English muffin with a fried egg. We added on a smoked sausage which completed it perfectly.
In addition, the smoked pumpkin with mushrooms, kale and labneh was also a great option. The prices for brekkie are very reasonable too. If you’d prefer something smaller, there’s pastries on offer.
The coffee is made using a house blend from a local Nowra roaster, quite subtle blend so if you’re a strong drinker, order a double. In addition there’s teas, chai and juice.
A lovely addition to Berry and we recommend a visit here if you’re in town. Hats off to Brent and the team for the great concept and execution.
85 Queen Street Berry
Cafe – Breakfast (walk in)
8am – 11am Breakfast Saturday & Sunday
Restaurant – a la carte (bookable)
Friday 6pm – 10pm
Saturday 6pm – 10pm
Monday 6pm – 9pm
Smokehouse & Beer Garden (walk in)
Thursday 5.30pm – 10pm
Friday 12pm – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 10pm
, Saturday – 12pm – 10pm
Sunday 12pm – 3pm