Permanently Closed - Popla Bellingen

4.6
30 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
This restaurant is permanently closed. Chefs Mitch Grady and Claire van Vuuren from Sydney restaurant, Bloodwood, have journeyed north to share their passion for seasonal produce with the Bellingen region. Exploring different flavour profiles, our menu is based around share plates showcasing a playful array of the region’s best organic produce and indigenous ingredients.
Open hearth cooking.
Shareable meals.
All-Australian drinks.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian
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Hours of operation
Friday: 5pm-11pm
Saturday: 5pm-11pm
Sunday: 12pm-4pm
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Phone number
(02) 6655 9000
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
MITCHELL GRADY & CLAIRE VAN VUUREN
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Private party facilities
Please contact us via phone or email to talk specific private events and catering options for your group. Ph: (02) 6655 9000 Email: info@poplabellingen.com
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Catering
Please contact us via phone or email to talk specific private events and catering options for your group. Ph: (02) 6655 9000 Email: info@poplabellingen.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Halpins Ln
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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MB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this restaurant. Sad to see you go!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We were very disappointed with Popla. The restaurant was stifling hot.
The Chef's menu should not be a secret, it was difficult to decide if that was what we wanted when you don't know what dishes are going to be served.
The sourdough was heavy and tasteless. My partner found a long curly hair in his salami which put us off the entire meal. The amount of duck and the dumpling was not sufficient as a share plate, more like a taster plate. The wine was extremely overpriced at $70.00 for the chardonnay. The service was non-existant at times. Between four, the chef's menu, one bottle of wine and a couple of beers, amounted to about $100 per head it was extremely overpriced.
Overall, a below average cafe experience with the price tag of a "hatted" restaurant.

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LK
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding. Love the mix of flavours. We chose the chefs menu and we’re not disappointed.

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JT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was Our first visit to Popla restaurant the food Was outstanding and so delicious will definitely be back.. would highly recommend this little gem .. Jenny

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KW
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was seriously amazing! Definitely exceeded expectations! We will be back

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GM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and wine, lovely restaurant with great service... And even had a visit from a tawny frogmouth!!

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JH
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food created with fresh local ingredients. Friendly efficient service. Lovely peaceful atmosphere. Will definitely be back for another pleasurable dining experience.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience, still raving about it! Will be back when we’re next in the area. Highly recommend.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, super tasty!! Service was great and atmosphere good!!

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T
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is with delight that we can now add Popla to restaurants to visit when we visit from Tamworth. The food is fresh, innovative and uses local produce. The wait staff were knowledgeable and friendly with being intrusive. The all australian wine list and yummy cocktails (I tried the lemon mertyle) is a must.

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RP
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch at Popla was a lovely, relaxing experience. The food was delicious and on the creative side with unique and tasty ingredients. The staff were friendly and welcoming and very knowledgeable about the food, wine, cocktails and everything. Would highly recommend for dinner or a long relaxing lunch!

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m
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We chose the Chef’s selection degustation dinner - it was a magnificent journey of colour, texture, taste and skill! Thank you, we can’t wait to go to Poplar again .

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YS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was visiting Bellingen with overseas friends. We were all really impressed with the friendly, knowledgeable service and terrific food. The decor is very pleasing and we noticed an open fireplace which must be lovely in the winter. We all had a wonderful night out. Thank you!

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CM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the vegetarian food was fabulous. Thank you Poplar.

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JW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful food, great service, very cool dining room I would highly recommend. Only side note was the wallpaper was very badly put on which drew your eye... very strange in a very well put together establishment

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PD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just lovely
Good food.
Good ambiance.
Good drinks.
Good company.

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A
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal at Popla but the concept of bringing out plates ad hoc has worn thin with us, especially when we would have liked to combine vegetables ordered with the chicken and the chicken came out by itself 10 minutes after the last plate had appeared. The advantage of the shared table in this setting seems to be all win win for the restauranteur rather than for the diner as the responsibility to provide the diner with any sort of cohesive eating experience is removed. I will also say that the "large plates" for sharing were not generous sizing for the price charged. The mushroom dumpling was not a large plate by any means. We have been to numbers of restaurants where the "shared plate" is king, and there has been more consideration to the diner in that plates have arrived at the table in (food) groups that make sense to the people eating the food. I will not voluntarily go to a shared table /tasting plate style restaurant again.

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s
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

small meals, expensive, food was only ok. Seating was on bench next to people with about 30cm between you.
Chairs are like something from an outdoor bbq setting and strange decor.

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food & great service, something a little bit different

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BC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my Girlfriend to Popla for a Date and it was beautiful. The atmosphere, the staff and the food was top notch. Thank you guys I got brownie points, we will be back.

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LH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service on a very cold night. Loved the fireplace!!

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NB
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed every mouthful. Charred Greens was terrific. Good variety of unusual wines and beers. Definitely going back when next in the region.

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CB
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food experience, great drinks menu for the adventurous and conservative alike , great atmosphere & warm and inviting wait staff.

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AF
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Popla is Bello at its best. Amazing food, fabulous service and ambiance galore. What’s not to love about this little gem of a restaurant...we’ll be back!

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BC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Magnificent food, possibly the best thing you’ll put in your mouth. Awesome service, a bar that knows what’s going on and a groovy vibe in a beautiful old building.
You have to treat yourself and then you will be planning when to go back.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I saw the menu I was a bit overwhelmed by the ingredients in each dish but my daughter (who is an ex chef) assured me they would be sensational...…….. and they were.
I loath meat and fruit together but the chicken, (which was moist beyond belief) in its plummy loveliness, was sublime.
Gnocchi is not a favourite...…………..I have changed my mind these little pillows of fluffiness were a joy to eat.
Prawns... so simple but the flavours were outstanding.
Greens...…………. oh so good and the soy beans on the dish were an added surprise.
Bread...….. warm, soft with a topping of thinly sliced potatoes and miso butter …. sensational.
My cocktail (Lemon Myrtle Collins) was delicious.
The wait staff were so professional, no mini skirts or mid-riffs showing, no grotty aprons. One of the ladies was like a walking piece of art that lit up the room.
Other than the sensationally gorgeous food I was impressed that there were NO CHILDREN in this restaurant, a pleasant change to be able to eat dinner without being surrounded by high chairs and having toddlers running amok.
I will return and next time I will keep room for a desert.

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CM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable Sunday lunch, friendly staff, excellent food and beautiful presentation an all-around winner for our most important family meal of the week!

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E
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful evening of seamless service, excellent food and prefect ambience!

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NM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A very balanced, tasty and fresh menu.....lots of local ingredients cooked with integrity....
Friendly and knowledgeable staff...highly recommended!

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GG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love coming to Popla. Fabulous as always!

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