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DRAFT Our Story


Lead Staff

Larissa McDonough

Lucas Parkinson
Executive Chef

Ben Davies
Head Chef

Isabella Rubie
Bar Manager


Passion Led by Purpose.

Ode was created as a space for us to connect with and live our truths, to collaborate, to grow and generate change. We care about and respect our environment and our communities and are conscious of the impact our choices have on them and their long term wellbeing.  

Ode - it’s good.



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ODE FOOD Philosophy

Food keeps us alive, but good food makes us feel alive. In our kitchen “good food” means food that excites all the senses & food that is delicious.

We believe that good food starts with respecting the integrity of the ingredients - Ingredients that have been produced with attention, consideration & purity.

For us, “good food” means sourcing organic, ethical, sustainable, seasonal ingredients & supporting local’s who are doing good things.

Our food is innovative & progressive and like nature, ever evolving. Ode is a place for you to experience your environment through food. Food is our art form and each plate is an ode - to the earth, to family, to the present, the future & all that has lead us to this point. Ode is here to be enjoyed together in a place we are stoked to share with you.






  1. a lyric poem, typically one in the form of an address to a particular subject, written in varied or irregular metre.

  2. a classical poem of a kind originally meant to be sung.





1. aware of and responding to one's surroundings.

synonyms: aware, awake, wide awake, compos mentis, alert, responsive, reactive, feeling, sentient.

2. having knowledge of something.

"we are conscious of the extent of the problem"





1. relating to or derived from living matter. "organic soils"

synonyms: living, live, animate, biological, natural; 

technical biotic "organic matter"

2. (of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals. "organic farming"

synonyms: pesticide-free, additive-free, chemical-free, non-chemical, natural

"organic produce"

Aristology is the art or science of cooking and dining. It encompasses the preparation, combination, and presentation of dishes and the manner in which these dishes are integrated into a meal.

An Aristologist is someone who studies or takes part in the art or science of cooking and eating (dining) with particular interests and skills in the preparation, combination and presentation of food dishes, wines, spirits, flavours and tastes - coupled with tasteful and correct presentation of all the courses and components of a meal.

The term has been largely superseded by "Gourmet", which is also the older word, borrowed into English in 1820.

Aristologist's are likely to place great importance on the experience, skill, and artistic integrity of the chef, and disdain the use of  ready-made ingredients, and other conveniences.


/ Diner / Foodie / Gourmet / Aristologist /




gerund or present participle: dining