It's not too late to organise a Father's Day lunch | FOOD NEWS

This Sunday, September 3 is Father’s Day. If you’re not in the mood to fire up the barbecue or plan a picnic you could always let someone else take over. Bookings are advised, though, so don’t drag your feet. 

SUNDAY: The Burwood Inn is one of many venues offering Father's Day meal deals.

SUNDAY: The Burwood Inn is one of many venues offering Father's Day meal deals.

The Burwood Inn at Merewether, for example, is offering a two-course lunch for $55 per adult. Wandin Valley Estate at Lovedale is offering a free drink for dad and live acoustic music from noon. A major prize is also up for grabs. Bookings essential on 4930 9888. 

Salt Steak & Seafood at Belmont 16s has lunch sittings available for 11.30am, noon and 12.30pm until booked out. Tickets are $38 for members and $42 for non-members. You have the choice of seafood, beef or roasted pork belly for your main, and one of three desserts. Children’s meals are $14 each. Phone 4945 0888.

Salt Steak & Seafood, Belmont 16s.

Salt Steak & Seafood, Belmont 16s.

The Greenhouse Eatery at Pacific Dunes, Medowie, has a 500-gram grain-fed tomahawk steak with hand-cut chips, rosemary salt, mushrooms and chimmi churri sauce on offer, partnered with an ale, for $49 (lunch only). Kahibah Sports Club will have a carvery buffet on offer for lunch from 11.30am, and for dinner from 5.30pm. The cost is $25 per adult, $12.50 for kids under 12. Bookings on 4943 2987.

Sprout Dining

Both sittings at the Family Hotel’s Vegan Long Lunch on September 10 have sold out but Spout Dining at The Crown & Anchor are hosting a four-course Vegan Dinner on September 14, kicking off at 6.30pm. Bookings essential.

Sprout Dining are also offering a Father’s Day Sunday Roast for lunch or dinner on September 3. The cost is $42 for two courses and $50 for three courses.

Bao burger

If you haven’t popped in to see the Bao Brothers at 701 Hunter Street you are missing out. Last week they were offering a bao burger with sichuan fried chicken, yellow chilli emulsion, pickled radish and kewpie mayonnaise. Mouth-watering stuff. 

Photo courtesy of Bao Brothers Eatery.

Photo courtesy of Bao Brothers Eatery.

Regional awards

Four Hunter venues made the top 10 regional NSW restaurants list in the latest Gourmet Traveller restaurant awards. Subo came in at number five; Muse at seven; Restaurant Mason at eight and Margan at nine. 

High tea heaven

The Sabor Tea Room team at Lovedale had a break at the end of last month and have returned refreshed and with some seriously tasty treats on offer thanks to head pastry chef Nicole Fang. You can have high tea there on Saturdays and Sundays if you book ahead. The cost for adults is $79 per person, and for the special children’s high tea it’s $49 per head.

Winner for chef

Don’t forget chef Jamie Thomas has a good thing going at Finnegan’s Hotel. His new venture is called Winnie’s Jamaican. Diners are getting a sneak peek at the upcoming summer menu with the buttermilk fried chicken wings dipped in Yardie’s hot sauce and rolled in toasted coconut with lime and Korean chilli flakes. 

Supercar spirit

More and more inner-city venues are getting into the V8 Supercars spirit. On November 23 The Squire’s Maiden at Honeysuckle will host Tales & Ales with Richard “Dick” Johnson. Guests will hear all sorts of insider stories from the Aussie racing legend while enjoying canapes, an entree and main meal plus a three-hour beverage package. Tickets cost $145 per person by phoning 0447 455 343 or emailing

And 48 Watt Street has a Supercars Trackside Experience on offer for the inaugural Newcastle 500 race. Guests will be trackside as the race heads south up Watt Street into “turn two”. Tickets include entry to shared suites with full food and beverage packages. For details go to

Rhythm n Brews

On September 14 The Grain Store is holding an event called Rhythm n Brews. In a nutshell, it’s a celebration of beer and music. Enough said. All 21 of the pub’s taps will be local, as will the musical talent. The fun kicks off at 6.30pm. 

Pokolbin Pride

“Rainbow families of all shapes and sizes” are invited to a series of picnic lunches on the lawn at Nanna Kerr’s Kitchen from October 20 to 22. Kicking off at noon, there will be entertainment for kids of all ages and fun games. The picnics coincide with the second annual Pokolbin Pride festival.

Winery markets

The next Hunter Valley Fine Food Markets will be held at Tyrrell’s Winery this Saturday, September 2, from 8.30am to 4.30pm. The Broke Road vineyard will come alive with hand-made and locally-produced fare, including farm fresh produce, boutique cheese, freshly baked bread, jam, preserves, chutney, olive oil, eggs, salami, pate, terrines and sweet treats.

Picnic in vines

Saddler’s Creek Wines is hosting its annual Picnic In The Vines on September 30. Bring your blanket and enjoy gourmet picnic fare, take a personalised tour of the vineyard and listen to live music. Needless to say, wine will also be available. The cost is $45 for members and their guests, and $55 for non-members.

A reminder

Hunter Harvest returns to Westfield Kotara this Saturday, September 2. From 9am to 5pm the pop-up food and wine event will be celebrating the Hunter’s premium wineries, breweries and food producers.

Also, the Five Senses Twilight Market is at Lambton Park on Saturday from 4pm. Gourmet food and wine, market stalls, entertainment and much more is on offer.

Birthday makeover

The Persian Place has closed its doors to allow some major renovations to take place.

Owner and chef Bob Abbaszadeh told Food & Wine the Bolton Street restaurant’s interior will be “nothing like it was before”. The colours are changing, the front counter is going, a wall in front of the kitchen is being removed and a private dining room added. 

The larger kitchen will enable Abbaszadeh to introduce some new dishes to the menu, and quick and easy lunch deals will return.

The restaurant is expected to be open for business in the second week of September. An invitation-only launch event is being held the following week and 20 “VIP Club” diners will be selected at random to attend. 

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