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At EXP. our focus is to create a dining EXP.erience that is delicious, entertaining and interactive.

Food is at the heart of EXP. and we create dishes that are our EXP.ression of Australian cuisine. The menu is driven by the seasons and produce but most importantly focused on flavour we offer casual yet professional and friendly service.

EXP has been included in the Delicious Top 100 Restaurants for 2017, 2018 & 2019, recently ranked at No. 28

EXP ranked No. 75 in the Gault & Millau Australian Top 100 of 2018

The restaurant is located in Pokolbin, the heart of the Hunter Valley. The dining room is chic and intimate with hand crafted local furniture. Guests can sit along the bar and peer directly into the kitchen while interacting with Chef Frank Fawkner and his team.

EXP. restaurant is infused in Oakvale Winery, a family owned and winery that is passionate about all facets of winemaking. They strive to produce minimalist handcrafted wines that are unique, distinct and a true reflection of the Hunter Valley region.

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frank fawkner - owner - head chef

Frank began his cooking career at the age of 15 at Mount Broke Wines, a simple cafe in Broke.

He was then a part of the opening team at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley where he worked for 3 years to complete his apprenticeship. With hunger for knowledge and EXP.erience he then moved to London to work for Tom Aikens, climbing to the rank of Sous Chef at "Tom's Kitchen".

Upon returning home to the Hunter, Frank landed a position at renowned Muse Restaurant where he worked alongside owners Troy and Megan Rhoades-Brown, chef and restaurant manager. This was a great platform to develop his career; learning how to run a fine dining restaurant and create his own style of food. Great achievements for Frank was becoming Head Chef in late 2013 and being part of the team when Muse Restaurant reached the coveted "2 Hats" from the SMH Good Food Guide.

2015 marked the beginning of a new EXP.edition for Frank and his wife Emma; the opening of EXP. restaurant. Four years on EXP. keeps evolving with a menu that is driven by the seasons. 

2018 Frank and Emma opened a second venue Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery, a casual cafe that has a similar ethos to EXP. If you want to know more visit. www.fawkfoods.com


Harrison Plant - restaurant manager

Sarah Merrett - Assistant Restaurant Manager