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Sebastian

Discover the Basque-inspired restaurant at Spicers Tower Lodge

Photography courtesy of Spicers Retreats

Spicers Tower Lodge has officially opened launched and alongside so has the Hunter Valley’s newest dining experience, Sebastian Restaurant.

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Inspired by the gastronomic destination of San Sebastian in Spain’s Basque country; the city is famous for its endless pintxos bars and world-leading Michelin star restaurants, melding cosmopolitan flair with local traditions.

Although Basque cuisine is acknowledged among the world’s culinary treasures, its simple and unpretentious, healthy and hearty, with minimal use of spices and herbs.

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Just as the Basque have an obsession with the finest locally sourced, seasonal produce from the native landscape of mountains, valleys, and sea, so too Sebastian is a showcase of the Hunter region, sourcing many wild and foraged ingredients from the local area.

Offering a five-course set menu that changes daily on a four-day cycle, with different premium meat presented in three ways as the main course each night. The winter ‘game and forest’ menu features trout, squab, roe deer, and wild boar, prepared with a wealth of Basque-style and origin ingredients. Guests of Spicers Tower Lodge who stay longer than four days are treated to their own bespoke menu.

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An amuse to begin could be a delicate balance of grilled oysters, Idiazabal cheese, and finger limes, first courses included feta and Basque Pipparrak chili pepper bread, wild garlic, and Txistorra butter, and the second course on the right night will be koji-aged turbot, foraged wild lettuce, beurre blanc sauce, and Yarra Valley trout roe, and a dessert of local sheep’s milk ice cream and berry compote.

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Depending on the night, your main could include wild boar jowl and native gooseberries or roe deer tartar, beetroot, and pungent flowers. As an example of the trio for mains, imagine in front of you, squad breast cooked on vines and fermented wild Mountain Roger glace; squad rillette, pickled Mountain Roger flowers, and native riberry; and squab consommé with chestnuts.

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The Hunter region’s 200-year wine heritage is on full display at Tower Lodge, supported by iconic Spanish varietals, including Albariño, Tempranillo, Grenache, and gently sparkling Txakoli with notes of apple and citrus, which dances on your palate as Sebastian’s flavours of Basque country fill your senses.

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With reservations officially open, this is one dining experience you won’t want to be sitting still for. Head to the website here and get your reservation at Sebastian locked in.