Nobles at The Hills Lodge

NOBLES Restaurant offers the ultimate fine dining experience — but without the price tag.

Nobles, located at The Hills Lodge in Castle Hill, is where to be this winter, with an open fireplace flickering in the background.

This is because Nobles "keeps with the traditional feel of a dining room", according to general manager Malcolm Mathie.

The decor and service is outdone only by the food, which is presented with artistic flair.

We began with a beetroot, pear and persian fetta salad with baby cress and vinaigrette.

Next we were served pan-seared rainbow trout, which sits daintily on pickled apple and is drizzled with a distinctly tangy dijon beaurre blanc.

This is followed by my personal favourite, a confit duck leg with fresh pea puree, crispy bacon lardons and shallot butter.

For the mains, we enjoyed the two-bone rack of lamb, served with fondant potato and pinot noir jus.

The lamb was cooked to my preferred medium-well and its sauce had enough kick to please spice lovers without being overpowering.

Finally we were treated to hazelnut daquoise mille fuille, with a rich dark chocolate mousse and blackberry coulis.

The mousse was creamy and sandwiched between a crisp hazelnut meringue while the blackberries exploded with flavour.

¦ From tomorrow (Wednesday) the restaurant will be celebrating all things French with the launch of its Bastille Day menu.

To celebrate France's national holiday on July 14, guests can enjoy a five-course degustation menu partnered with exotic French wines until Tuesday, July 17.

The menu is $79 but for an additional $49 diners can enjoy the wine selected to accompany each course.

Wines are also available per glass and will be offered for the remainder of the month.

The restaurant offers BYO on Friday nights and provides Facebook friends with deals on Fridays.

A new specials menu is released every Wednesday.

Reporter Jasmine O'Donoghue and photographer Natalie Roberts ate courtesy of Nobles.

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