SMH Good Food Guide 2009

Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2009 – awarded a chef’s hat

Neila deserves to be as legendary as Cowra’s infamous breakout. The difference is that you’ll want to break into town for Anna Wong’s food, as strong and reliable as the local landscape’s ironbark fence posts. She passionately weaves her Chinese heritage through local produce, some grown on the family farm. Slivers of Sichuan pepper cured venison, bolstered by a salty soy tang, adorn a fragrantly herby salad of noodles and crunchy, fresh Chinese red dates. Pork Hock, crisp yet sticky, revels in the complimentary notes of coffee caramel. Polenta-dusted kingfish fillet is astutely and intriguingly matched with shiitake, crunchy lotus root and wakame braise with iceberg lettuce. A pillow strewn banquette runs down one side of a thin colourful, cosy room where co-owner Jerry Mouzakis plays warm and affable host. Just watch out for the desserts. The local “block 11” organic strawberries with cheesecake and a sage red wine soup may lead to a sudden interest in Cowra Real Estate.
"…Neila deserves to be as legendary as Cowra’s infamous breakout. The difference is that you’ll want to break into town for Anna Wong’s food, as strong and reliable as the local landscape’s ironbark fence posts.."

"…Just watch out for the desserts. The local “block 11” organic strawberries with cheesecake and a sage red wine soup may lead to a sudden interest in Cowra Real Estate."