In a suburb filled with nurseries, Pod Food at Pialligo Plant Farm is a great little garden sanctuary to enjoy a bite to eat. Once you've pulled up in the Pialligo Plant Farm carpark you have to head through a plant covered arch, and the restaurant is hidden within.
Pod Food is in a restored cottage on the grounds of the Pialligo Plant Farm; the blue cottage is a cool contrast against the greenery that grows everywhere. Tables are spread along the large outdoor decking so that you have your own space, rather than sitting shoulder to shoulder with another table. The gardens make Pod Food feel far more suitable for relaxing than inside a stuffy restaurant, which works perfectly for Sunday brunch. Indoor seating is available, but large folding doors mean that even inside feels outdoors.
The menu is filled with seasonal dishes, that almost resemble gardens of their own as they're beautifully presented on the plate. It's a sophisticated menu, and a few examples include the game terrine with burn onion aioli, eschallot, and pistachio tuille, or the rare roasted kangaroo with herb roesti, asparagus, stilton, and chocolate jus.
Even their pasta is something special; the current summer menu features ricotta and potato gnocchi with dried tomatoes, sage, pumpkin, parmesan foam, and watercress. All dishes come with suggested wines, and there's a large wine list as well. The soft balls of gnocchi work well with the different textures of pumpkin, so that each mouthful is smooth and bursts with flavour.
On Thursdays and Fridays you can also come in for a dinner degustation, or pop by on the weekend for breakfast. For something different try the French toast with toffee macadamia nuts, strawberries, and vanilla bean ice-cream. If that seems like a bit too much in the morning you can also choose from eggs cooked any which way, or their more simple toasted spelt and maple muesli with banana and yoghurt.
Pod Food does an excellent job at presenting food that's just that little bit special in a very relaxed setting. It's great for special occasions, or when you just want to treat yourself. Opening hours can catch you out if you don't double check first, they're open for lunch from Tuesday to Sunday, but only serve dinner on Thursday and Friday nights, and only serve breakfast on the weekend.