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EXP. restaurant

€€€€, , Vegetarian Friendly
1596 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
+61 2 4998 7264
Certificate of Excellence
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good12%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1596 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

nice intimate restaurant, very relaxed style. staff were excellent. the food was an unusual twist, we had to ask for a description of dishes, the menu was hard to understand, no mention on menu if dishes were vegetarian, i am, one entree contained bacon. i...More

Thank Adele D
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 4 April 2018

EXP was stunning. Great, inventive food that combines inventiveness with local ingredients, served with elegance and personality. The full menu is an epic journey through texture and flavour. An absolute must-visit if you're in the region and want a dining experience that challenges your view...More

2  Thank Jared W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautifully interesting food matched with great wines, attentive yet warm and genuine service, Paired back fit out lets the food be the star.

Thank elizabethpotter71
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful degustation with a very unique twist on Australian fine dining! The most interesting dish was probably the desert - foraged gummy bears, their version of lick, sip, suck and eucalyptus, wattle gum magnums.

Thank Rebecca K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We dined here for a late lunch. The food was wonderful but the ambiance and clientele were awful. On a cool day many people walked outside and left the door open meaning a cool breeze wafted across our food, and then they took offence when...More

Thank AEC60
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I had 3 course dinner here on Saturday night and the food and flavours absolutely blew my mind. I was almost speechless at how good it was, and can honestly say I’ve never had an experience like it. Highly recommend to any...More

Thank Jenna S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here last weekend and it is definitely a foodies heaven with varying spin offs on traditional dishes. Having said that the degustation with matching wines was not to our pallet. One of the dishes served was blue cheese custard. Fantastic if you...More

Thank Aussielad81
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for a midweek lunch, absolutely blown away with the food on offer and the service was absolutely impeccable. Yes the place is expensive, but you absolutely get what you pay for. It's worth EXPeriencing this place for yourself.

Thank Simon832
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Would highly recommend 7 course. The food is amazing, presented really beautifully and so creative, matched perfectly with mainly local wines but a couple from interstate. Service was top, great knowledge of the wine and food with simple explanations of why the wines were chosen...More

Thank JanineC45
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

EXP isn’t for the faint hearted. We had the tasting plates and it was very interesting food. I did pass on the duck tongues but my husband said they were delicious. The dessert was one of the best I have ever had ..... it’s pretty...More

1  Thank Lisa R
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19 November 2017|
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Response from craig b | Reviewed this property |
Hi fantilil, You will find closer accom, but personally, I’d go for Belford Block Eight in the north end of the Hunter...0 Best accom I’ve stayed at in the hunter.. Ask the boys for a private tasting in your room, stroll... More
19 November 2017|
Response from Stacey H | Reviewed this property |
We stayed in Hunter Valley at the Kirkton Park Hotel Hunter Valley. We used Hunter Hopper (hop on/off tour) and David (he was terrific) also drove us to dinner that night, for a bit less than other taxi companies were... More
Roger A
25 May 2017|
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Response from Amitav05 | Reviewed this property |
No. I don't remember clearly but think it's Wednesday to Sunday lunches and Friday & Saturday dinner.you Can check their website.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1596 Broke Rd, Pokolbin, Cessnock, New South Wales 2320, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Newcastle  >  Cessnock  >  Pokolbin
  • Phone Number: +61 2 4998 7264
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At EXP. our focus is to create a dining EXP.erience that is delicious, entertaining and interactive. Food is at the heart of EXP. and the menu is driven by the seasons and produce. The team sources local produce as much as possible, with quality always being the key. With these ingredients the kitchen create dishes that are our EXP.ression of Australian cuisine.
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