Mouth watering food, creative menu, full of flavour, well presented.

If you are after the best food in Dubbo you can’t go past Essence restaurant. Trip Advisor ranks it as number 3 in Dubbo but in terms of menu and flavour I rank it number 1. If there was a restaurant in Dubbo to go head to head with Sydney’s best, this would be it.

Quote from Trip Advisor:

The decor very upmarket & the staff & service were great. The food was excellent & the pork belly I had was the best ever. The rest of the food we saw going to other tables looked amazing & if we had more time I would not hesitate in going back there.

Escence do some great entrees including Tasmanian scallops on a bed of sweet potato and various styles of fresh oyster.

They have the most tender lamb I’ve tasted, on a warm beetroot salad. Their dessert menu includes treats such as coffee brulee, lime tart with pistachio ice cream, bannana date pudding with caramel sauce, rhubarb spring rolls. The menu changes quite regularly.

They have a good range of wines, and Children’s meals that are reasonably priced but still quality meals.


You can find Essence  at the South end of Macquarie Street opposite  Centro Mall – 248 Macquarie Street. Ph 6882 0177

The Escence Facebook page is here.

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11 Responses to Escence

  1. a local says:

    Essence – i found it while i was wondering down macquarie street and was allured in by the mouth watering lunch and dinner menus posted up on the window. Being there now several times for lunch and then taking friends there for dinner, i assure you that the food is not only mouth watering but simple irresistable.

    My favourite meal at lunch would have to be the calabrese fettucini. dinner has to be the hardest choice. for entrees the beetroot tart is hard to go past but for something different the taster plate which gives you the chance of trying 4 of the entrees is the best by far. the main list comprises of the beef fillet, chicken breast, fresh seafood and much more oh this is making me hungry and then theres dessert.

    dessert oh glorious dessert the menu changes daily because they are made fresh on premises and i wouid have tried all of them from brulees, creme caramels, sticky date, cheesecake oh theres heaps. so i think you should go and fall in love like i have with the food at escence.

  2. Jordy says:

    These people take great pride in the food they produce, went there few months ago, was a fantastic experience right from the moment you walk in the door. highly recommend, best food in Dubbo thats for sure.

  3. Lee says:

    We had the pleasure of being guests at a luncheon wedding reception at Essence last Saturday & I have to say that the food & service were absolutely exceptional & I couldn’t fault a thing. If you’re looking for a tasty meal that’s a cut above the rest in Dubbo then this cafe will deliver.

  4. Pete says:

    I went to essence for a important anniversary
    Where i had some entree’s and chicken for the main
    The plate was immaculate and presented extremely well
    Followed by an amazing taste. I must admit a very good choice in the chef’s.
    Plus they have kick ass lemon lime bitters

  5. Joe says:

    Wonderful information page on Dubbo guys – how about having a contact telephone number for the places you are giving information about. Once I find a number, make a booking, and go there I might delight future readers with my views – and perhaps – news that the lines in Dubbo are still on.

  6. Mark says:

    Just had lunch at Wylde Fire restaurant.
    Very limited choices half of which were not available. What we chose was horrible (A hair in the chips, out of date salami etc) Could not recommend it more highly.

  7. Frances says:

    I havent been to Escence for a while but had always enjoyed the food. Then I had brunch there this week and the waitress/front of house was sullen and rude. Apparently you can’t decide to have one egg instead of two as I was told “its not a choose your own menu”. She could not have been ruder in tone and content. Won’t be going there again.

  8. jonathan herbert says:

    I went to Essence for a quiet celebration with my wife and 18 month old daughter. The food was beautifully presented and tasted as good as it looked. I cannot recommend the pork belly enough, melts in your mouth. We rarely have dessert at restaurants but we couldnt resist and were very impressed. The staff were very accomodating for our daughter too helping to keep her entertained.
    We would happily go back to Essence on another visit to Dubbo.

  9. Nastasya says:

    Tim is the best

  10. Tele says:

    This is the best restaurant in Dubbo, possibly the world. Service, food and atmosphere are really good. I’m going there tonight. Yum!

  11. Jen says:

    This place is closed. Need to update your website…

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