One Green Acre – that’s about 4,000m2 or the size of two lawn bowls rinks. It’s also the aptly named restaurant at The Bangalow Bowlo where diners can feast al fresco overlooking the green lawn bowls rinks.
One Green Acre at The Bangalow Bowlo is the creation of Chef Sacha Meier. Sacha’s mission is to work with local growers and small batch producers to create and share delicious seasonal food with a like-minded community. To complement the local produce, the restaurant grows its own in an enviable kitchen garden, where a range of herbs, flowers, fruits and leaves flourish.
The menu at One Green Acre is a curious mix of old and new. There are bistro style Club Classics including a Chicken Schnitty, Fish and Chips and Beef Burger, but I don’t think this is where the menu really shines. I personally prefer to dabble with the Specials Board or the Vegetarian section of the menu for its fresh and flavoursome dishes which are ideal for sharing. Mr GF&F goes straight to the grill.
The standouts for me are the Roast Cauliflower Salad flavoured with zesty sumac, currants, coriander, walnuts and a delicious tahini lemon dressing; the Linguini Pasta featuring truffle butter, parmesan, spinach and mushrooms roasted over fire gently folded through delicious pasta (although I wish it was still handmade pasta); and the Pumpkin chickpea coconut curry – such a dramatic dish featuring a large wedge of char grilled pumpkin with soft flesh that is served in a creamy curry served with rice and finished with fried shallots and chutney.
There is always specials board at One Green Acre featuring seasonal produce or a fresh catch like the delicious Fish (Wing) Curry I enjoyed during Summer.
The outdoor grill is a centrepiece at One Green Acre and fires up to cook BBQ jerk chicken, Rump steak, Sardines, vegetables and more. Unfortunately, a recent steak order was a bit of a let down as the meat was cooked ‘very’ medium and was quite gristly. Mr GF&F always orders a rare steak (close to blue actually!) but we totally forgot to specify this. We’ll take part of the blame, but our server should have asked upfront for our preference. The chimichurri served alongside didn’t disappoint – with its fresh and tangy flavours.
The BBQ Jerk Chicken is a generous dish of moist maryland that is, dare I say, finger licking flavoursome and served with delicious roast sweet potato wedges and a fresh salad.
Weeknight specials at One Green Acre are served Monday – Thursday from 5pm and are $15 for members and $18 for non members:
MONDAY – Chicken Schnitzel
TUESDAY – Burger and Chips
WEDNESDAY – Charcoal Steak
THURSDAY – Fish and Chips
Since its publicly supported resurrection from dire financial straits a few years ago, The Bangalow Bowlo has grown from strength to strength. It’s a popular venue with locals for the complimentary ‘child minding service’ correctly known as the old futsal court – roughly 2,000m2 or one half of the lawn bowls rinks – where kids can play safely inside the security fencing with their parents nearby. It’s great to see the kidlets’ tastes well catered for at One Green Acre too with a menu including Mac and Cheese or Bolognaise, Fish and Chips or a junior Scnhitty.
The new bistro chairs at The Bowlo are a welcome breath of fresh air. Sitting under the umbrellas on a Sunday afternoon with music and bowls is a popular pasttime and if you’re not in for a full meal at the restaurant its the perfect setting to enjoy a tasting board of local goodies including salumi, cheese, housemade pickles, dips with sourdough.
The Bowlo and One Green Acre offer onsite event catering packages and Sacha recently commenced Cooking Classes. Head to the One Green Acre website for details. https://www.onegreenacre.com.au
One Green Acre seems to be finding its stride after The Stockpot Kitchen left big boots to fill at The Bangalow Bowlo. For family friendly, fresh food that’s good for sharing it’s great to have another venue in Bangalow open seven days for lunch and dinner (Mon – Thu: Lunch 12-2.30pm & Dinner 5 – 8.30pm. Fri – Sun: Lunch 12 – 3pm and Dinner 5-8.30pm)