Again, as a Francophile I was just curious when I noticed this place... we didn't have the chance to have a meal here, but the prices seemed more reasonable than at Leura - for example, 2 courses for $35, 3 courses for $40.
The restaurant is located a former church, with some leadlight windows still remaining, and a nice cathedral ceiling inside.
The restaurant is fully licenced and BYO as well.
This is an old style cafe/restaurant whose list of celebrities that have visited is substantial. Many of their pictures adorn the picture skirting board above the Greek bas reliefs that adorn the wall.
This is a place with atmosphere in the old style. Bench seats of polished wood and solid cutlery point to an era of fine dining that is hanging on here.
Of course, the Paragon's reputation has been built on its hand made chocolates. At $19 per 100gms they don't come cheap and they are delicious but at 10 times the price of supermarket chocolates it's not something you'd want to do every day. As a confirmed chocaholic I did indulge however and am eating one even as I write this. Sorry (not) you're not here to join me.
Favorite Dish: Ashleigh Dollin's review (2008):
"The Paragon café, an example of Katoomba's past pandering to the upper class tourist, is the perfect remedy for today's time poor society. The lighting is warm, atmosphere cosy and the early 20th Century music and art deco furnishing make it one of the few remaining places in which you can step back in time with a cup of cocoa.
Established in 1916, The Paragon continues to provide delicious hand made chocolates and smooth cups of Belgian hot chocolate. Mirroring many establishments in the upper mountains, The Paragon has its own set of ghost stories and folklore. If you visit the ladies toilets and the left cubicle door slams shut it's not the wind (it has happened to me twice and no one was in there). And then there's mysterious stories about tunnels under The Paragon that link up to the cliffs used to ‘do away' with undesirables.
Mystery aside The Paragon is a beautifully kept relic of our art deco past."
Common Ground Cafe is a local restuarnat run by a religious sect in the area. They believe in fresh organic food and only serve food that is made and grown by the group. At first I was thinking "Oh boy a bunch of religious wackos growing food on a commune" but we decided to try it anyway.
Walking into the place made me think of Lord of the Rings meets The Wicker Man. The decor was a bit nuts and berries with a dash of Hobbit thrown in for good measure. The booths were more like tree trunk seats with strange painted scenes of bees, honey and nature themes. The wait staff were dress like Menonites from Pennsylvania and one waiter looked like Charles Manson.
The menu had some interesting items and the chicken salad sandwich seemed to call to me. Liz wanted some sourdough toast with penut butter and a side of baked beans. I had a mate and Liz ordered a cappucino. The food was actually very good and fresh. I loved my sandwich especially the avocados. Liz loved her toast and the penut butter was delicious. The beans were tasty but a bit undercooked for my liking...but Liz likes beans al dente.
The food was good, the service was weird and the price was very reasonable. I don't know if I'd come back but it was definitely an interesting experience.
Papa Dino's is great!!
I have been going there every since I moved up the mountains and I’m sure I will be going there many times again.
Its dine in or take-away.
The take-away menu is mainly consists of different pizzas.
The dine in menu is much greater including all different dishes (meat, vegetarian and pastas) and all of the pizzas available in the take-away menu.
the atmosphere is warm and friendly. Papa Dino use to run the place although I haven’t seen him there the last few times I was there, he might just be behind the scenes nowadays.
They are extremely children friendly if you are worried about that at all and many different types of people frequent this great Pizzeria. I think you should go there!!!
Favorite Dish: I’m a huge Pizza fiend and I love the Four seasons Pizza they make. It is separated into four sections which represent the four seasons. Its like a section of supreme, one section quite hot like a Mexican, one such similar to a Hawaiian and the other is sort of like a meat lovers but with mushrooms and onion I think. I love it :)
Coffee is great and great muffins.
Egg and Bacon was really fresh and yummy.
A great way to start your mountain day!!
Great fresh fruit juices and smoothies as well.
Favorite Dish: The coffee is hot!!! This is sometimes a rarity and is really nice on a cold mountains morning.
Good service, warm country atmosphere, friendly staff.
Favorite Dish: Poached eggs and crispy bacon on sour dough with a hot coffee to wash it all down.
Try and avoid the vegemite turkish. Appart from being very bland it appeared to be very dry.
Just come back from Blue Mountains and the guy in this place was so rude to us I have to let people know. We ordered - and waited over an hour for food. I was asked to re-order twice as they had run out of chicken and lamb. After an hour, we asked if our food was ready, only for the older guy with grey hair to completely cut us down in front of the whole restaurant - I don’t think after an hour it unfair to ask where our food was. People where arriving in the restaurant after us and being served before us. Our order wasn't so complicated it couldn't take this long - steak and prawns. Finally I asked the waitress if we could pay for the pitta bread we had received. The grey haired guy stormed over to our table and shouted at us that it would be ready soon, that by law we had to pay. He showed no professionalism, his service was atrocious he obviously couldn't handle the stress of trying to run the restaurant. Fortunately a Greek gentleman was sitting beside us and spoke up for us, as the guy wouldn't let us get a word in. The Greek gentleman was unhappy with his meal too - he paid $100 for a platter and he said it was disgusting he paid so much money and it was so bad. The attitude of the guy in the restaurant really upset me; I can't believe he can get away with being so rude. I would definitely tell people not to go there.
Its not the prettiest or fanciest restaurant l`ve ever been in, but the pizzas are fabulous
Its a very friendly place and there is a great menu which includes pasta dishes, its also licensed for alcohol
they also do takeaway, but as it was pouring with rain we decided against this
Favorite Dish: the chicken satay pizza is amazing, as is the pepperoni with chilli