Beautiful Birch!

There’s something magical happening in Moss Vale of late. A new wonderfully eclectic business or incredible restaurant seems to be springing up on the main strip every month.

Most recently, locals Renee and Glenn Wallace revamped the space that was Italian restaurant Fraccarro’s and have excelled with the décor – It is spacious and uncluttered with generous furnishings that a comfortable luxe Scandinavian style.

And it doesn’t stop there. The menu, created alongside award-winning head chef Lachlan Houghton, whose previous experience includes celebrated venues Eschalot, Vue du Monde, Saint Crispin, Elements at Byron and Three Blue Ducks, is exceptional.

Lachlan’s partner in culinary crime (seriously – the food is so good it is sinful) is Lucy Matheson, who has garnered her vast experience at Gazi, Vue Du Monde, Elements at Byron, Eschalot and Three Blue Ducks.

The talented team at Birch

I’ve been twice now and I have absolutely loved both occasions. There’s a great vegetarian selection on the menu. While I’m not strictly vegetarian, there’s nothing I love more than a good feast of fresh, seasonal vegetables and Birch certainly didn’t disappoint, with innovative preparation and serving methods, as well as unique taste combinations.

On my first visit, I ordered a la Carte, but on my second, I tried the vegetarian degustation that was one of the event dinners that they host every six to eight weeks. It was absolutely divine!

I couldn’t fault the service, either. The staff is engaged in the theatre of presenting and they serve the food with flourish. The servings are a perfect size and each one a visual delight that you just want to gaze at for ages before you tuck in.

As for the wine list, they’ve cultivated some of the finest local drops and you are spoiled for choice.


But for all of the praise I’ve given it, what wraps it all up beautifully is its authenticity and welcoming ambience.

On Brich’s website, its philosophy reads:

 “We are committed to delivering a unique dining ‘experience’ without pretentiousness or expectation – every gesture we make, every ingredient we place on a plate, every drop of winewe pour comes from a genuine and honest place. Every guest experiences our passion, graciousness and appreciation and our ability to deliver these standards, represents not only what we do, but who we are!

By choosing us [Birch] you have also chosen this philosophy.”

I am so in line with that and I do encourage all visitors to the Highlands and locals alike to try out this treasure of a restaurant!

Love, Di xx



Images: ©Birch Restaurant / Anisa Sabet 2018

Birch Restaurant

2/249 Argyle Street

Moss Vale, NSW, 2577

02 4868 1817



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