The Bistro

Within our gardens you will find the botanically minded bistro Wild Canary. Executive Chef Glen Barratt works with the rhythm of nature to create a seasonal produce-driven menu. What’s not made in-house, is often collected directly from a farm, including whole pigs and kangaroos. Fresh produce is also sourced from the Kitchen Garden. 

Produce is ethically and locally sourced. This is expressed in the vibrant fresh dishes that are produced every day. 

The story of the produce extends back to the farm and the soil, Wild Canary are constantly on the hunt to find great ingredients often going beyond the confines of the bistro, driving down back roads in search of farmers producing exceptional produce from nurtured soil. The network of friendships within the community is integral to the bistro’s philosophy, there is a constant stream of deliveries from producers at the back kitchen door who are greeted as friends. 

Kate and Matt Harvey, the duo behind Wild Canary started their journey over twenty years ago with the opening of the iconic James Street restaurant ‘Harveys’ with additional time at a selection of eateries before taking up the opportunity at Wild Canary. 

An expression of their passions is reflected through the produce and the regular events. Such as the popular Producer Dinners, specialist artisan lunches and playing host to the Free Range Family Farmers Co-op who distributes ethical boxes on a monthly basis. Wild Canary also rotate regular exhibitions of botanically inspired artists on the walls of the bistro. Wild Canary recycle kitchen nutrients or ‘yields’ by taking kitchen waste to Loop Growers in the Samford Valley to compost in return for fresh produce. 

The menu at the Wild Canary is a mix of comfort and a few surprise elements; like a camel milk pannacotta accompanied by a house-made macadamia granola, or the smoky-sweet- ness of hay-smoked beetroot, partnering duck, lentils and lemon myrtle labneh. 

Serving breakfast and lunch seven days, the authentic botanical venue is also available for exclusive use for events such as weddings or private parties. Wild Canary is famous for delicious whole cakes that can also be order as takeaways.