The Latest News... This is where I enjoyed my Birthday Dinner(2013) and tasted some Gypsy's Nectar..ate fabulous food, and enjoyed the decor and the friendly service.....and on top of all that I bought a chalk mug...that will keep you guessing!
So Montville, Queensland, Australia has another surprise...and we gave this little place 10/10.
So just across the road from the Mayfield Centre we enjoyed lunch at the Gypys's Table....and it was so good I wanted to haul passers by in to enjoy....well I did happen to be taking a photo and told a few people to "come on in"....
The decor was gypsy and music was playing.
Well we did not find it by accident .....my granddaughter made the recommendation.
For lunch I chose Gypsy's Plate for $A20 (in 2013)...a combination of soup, bread roll, butter (like I have never tasted), salad and a savoury slice(sort of)..
See the photos for more of the current lunch menu menu.
Te restaurant is open Wednesday till Sunday for lunch and Wed till Saturday for dinner.
It is licensed and I enjoyed a local white wine and my friend some non alcoholic gypsy juice.
Another little innovation for lunchtime is the use of blackboard table mats and chalk....you can make a comment...someone wrote that they had travelled widely and had lived overseas but never tasted better than their 'Gypsy food'.
The blackboard was still on show!
And now I want to go for dinner and enjoy more of the food, the cosy fireplace and candlelight, and the decor.
Favorite Dish: Well we did go for dinner as you will have read in the Alert bulletin...Now for the Gypsy Nectar or perhaps known by some other Gypsy name. We noticed this large ,large jar that looked like a honey container ....sort of..... Inside was a golden fluid and there were little port glasses near the tap.
Some regular customers came and sat near the fire to sip this nectar....these folk even have some at home they told us....brewed by themselves I think. Fortified port wine might describe it but the flavour changes with different ingredients at different times. I gather that Leesa, (the chef....the owner....probably) travelled in Europe and brought the recipe here so I guess it is a secret...
So on the menu were very different selections...just look at the gorgeous web site.
The flavoured Gypsy bread was to die for...have not tasted anything like it.....
I tried the special game dish on offer which was Rabbit and David enjoyed the The Eye Fillet.
They also have Gipsy Kekkavvi (goat cooked the honoured way ) which could be a regular menu item I reckon.
Vegetarian / Vegan dishes are available.
And if you want to say "thank you" in Gypsy....."Parika Tut " are the magic words.
This absolutely stunning cafe is part of The Secrets on The Lake complex at Baroon Lake just out of Montville in Queensland, Australia.
We were just amazed when we first walked in the front entrance to see the amazing views, the carved furniture, the cosy lounge, the fireplace, and the tables on the deck inviting us to sit and enjoy the gorgeous home made cakes.....in a tranquil setting amidst an ancient forest.........and with views overlooking the lake.
During Winter they have patio heaters and blankets to keep you snug while you enjoy lunch or a coffee and cake....our visit for this was just Spring but the blanket still felt cosy. Our table was in a great position....and we enjoyed the filtered sunlight.
We both chose a piece of real old fashioned apple pie..just look at the photo... and I had a special infusion of a mango and peach tea.
We have been back a number of times.....we take visitors and this unique place 'blows them away'
Now I have missed one very special touch....George 'Farmer George' the owner who once grew kiwi fruit and watermelons on the land (his farm)where the Baroon Lake is now ....gives ladies a beautiful rose whenever the roses are available....today mine was a yellow-red beauty
I better mention George and his wife are the owners as far as I know and she is an amazing cook.
Favorite Dish: The home made apple pie was delicious but there was much more on offer...next time we will go for lunch or maybe the Devonshire Tea....and 'yes' we have since done that
The cafe is open 7 days from 9am until 4pm and weekend breakfast (bookings essential for breakfast)
Bookings are advisable especially on a wet weekend as the cafe deck is the alternate venue if there is a wedding reception at Secrets
Now come with me to see The Art Gallery and Gifts
The winery 'cellar door' and restaurant are in a converted 'Old Queenslander' style house with wide verandahs and a spectacular view. We decided to combine lunch with some wine tasting during our day out on the Blackall Range.
After the tasting - so we knew what to order - we were shown to our table. Our order was taken promptly and the wine arrived. Unfortunately it took an hour before our meals arrived. This may have been due to that fact that while we were tasting a large group of diners arrived.
The food, when it arrived, was very good. I will give it another go.
Favorite Dish: I, and one of the party, had the roasted lamb with cummin and coriander. It was quite a good serve and cooked well. The other membes of our party had a beef cheek entree served with a shiraz jus and asparagus spears. Both enjoyed the dish but found it small after the long wait.
Prices are shown on the menu to be found by a link on the website
Here is a bit of France right in Brisbane's back garden.
Thierry and Cindy Clerc's Le Relais Bressan will more than satisfy your Francophilian leanings. Hailing from the Bresse region of Eastern France which is well known for its free range chickens, Chef, Thierry and Chef, Cindy have been in Australia for nigh on twenty years - at Le Bressan in Brisbane for 13 years and now at Flaxton for nearly seven years.
The focus of the Clerc team's cooking is classic French country cooking. Classic French cuisine produced from the best ingredients generously presented without too much nouvelle nonsense. Expect the soup of the day to be tasty and filling. "Foam" is not an option. Quite often, if Thierry changes the menu to perhaps introduce something more "trendy", the loyal customers complain...they want their favourite classic re-instated.
The ambiance is "Bresse" through and through from the giant statue of a chicken in the front yard to the myriad of ceramic plates and bric a brac on the walls inside.
In an annex to the main dining room named Le Garage de Bressan, you will find an extensive collection of automobiles : mainly French but there is a prominent red Ferrari. If you visit the restaurant at the weekend for lunch, you would do well to book well in advance as it’s a popular stop for car enthusiasts on car club outings. Don’t be surprised to find the car park full of classic French marques.
As there is no web site, I'll give the full rundown on menu selections -
Carte:Entrée: Seven choices ranging from Soupe du Jour $9.80 to Assiette du Chef $17.60 which is a selection of the entrees which include classic French dishes like Snails in Garlic Butter, Pate, home made Smoked Salmon, Goats Cheese Tart
Mains (all $29.90) – seven choices covering the major meat varieties – beef, lamb, pork,venison, chicken, duck and fish. Vegetarians are catered for. A selection of steamed market fresh vegetables is included in the price of all mains.
Desserts: six choices including Cheese Platter, Fruit Tart, Profiteroles, Crepe Suzette and Crème Brulee. (average price $10.50). For $16.50, big eaters can receive a tasting plate of chefs selections… tres bon!
Typically French, a three course set 'menu' ($29.50) is available except on Friday and Saturday night.
Wine:Mine host Thierry, has always had the policy of making his wine list so affordable that there is no need to bring your own wine. Mark-ups are the lowest you will see anywhere.
Wine list: Sparkling : Chandon NV Yarra Valley $29 ; Peloris NV by Cloudy Bay (New Zealand) $39 ; Villaret Cremant de Loire brut (France) $35.
Champagne: Veuve Clicquot yellow Label NV Reims France $88 – half bottle $49.5 ; Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV Epernay France $80; Billiecart Salmon Brut NV Reims France $89 & ‘Special of the Month’ $72.
White wines: a choice of twenty by bottle ranging in price from $19 for a Bents Road Marsanne (Ballandean , Queensland) to $39 for Domaine Laroche Chablis (France). Most varieties are available sourced from Australian , New Zealand and French vineyards.
Red Wine: Choice of twenty by bottle ranging from $19 for a Bottle Tree Cab Merlot from Western Plains NSW to $38 for a French red from Chateau de Bouissel.
There is a choice of three dessert wines $22 to $36.
Wines are available by the glass – ask for the list.
Aperitifs and liqueurs are ($6) and ports at $4 are so affordable that you will be drinking coffee for ever.
Domestic beer is $4.00 : imported $5.80.
Service is impeccable with every-smiling Thierry at front of house with well trained, knowledgeable staff. Open for lunch and dinner - closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Closed during the month of September. Bookings are recommended.
Favorite Dish: We have dined often at this establishment and at the previous Brisbane establishment and we have several favourites including Beef Bourgogne , Duck Confit, Goats Cheese Tart, Smoked Salmon. The Salmon is smoked on the premises and is available as a take away (very popular at Christmas).
On our most recent visit, we drank the Villaret Loire Valley sparkling and found that it had a bit more fruit character than most French sparklings.
Madam opted for the entrée of Smoked Salmon and he the Chefs Selection of the range of entrees.
For mains, she had the Beef Steak and he the Duck (washed down with a glass of New Zealand Pinot). We both enjoyed them immensely. We abstained from dessert as usual.
All in all - a top evening. As the French Michelin Green Guide Books say, “Worth making a detour to visit”.
You've heard the old adage, "location, location, location!!!"
This establishment has THE location in Montville, perched, as the name suggests, on the edge of the escarpment at 1500 ft above sea level with un-interrupted views to the Pacific Ocean. From the outdoor eating area under shade umbrellas or pergola you can see the salient features of the coast and hinterland. Mount Ninderry , Coolum Mountain even the offshore Mudjimba Island,are visible on a good day.
We have breakfasted here several times. The Edge is open daily from 9am but is closed at night so caters for daylight meals and snacks. It's a short walk from the Montville Mountain Inn across the road.
Breakfast menu includes: Bircher Muesli ($12); Seasonal Tropical Fruit ($12.50); Bacon & Eggs ($17.50); Smoked Salmon & Eggs ($18.50); Eggs Benedict ($20.50); "Big" Breakfast ($22.50) ; Pancakes with a variety of accompaniments ($17.00). Drinkers of Coffee, Tea, Milkshakes, Juice, Mineral water are well catered for.
There is a big selection of cakes, tarts and biscuits to go with the hot drinks.
Angle parking on the street.
Wheelchair access & toilet for people with a disability
Favorite Dish: We always opt for the very healthy fruit juice, Bircher Muesli & coffee. We usually walk away wanting for nothing more than a last long look at the view.
By the way check out the long table made from a single slab of wood - 'tis a fine piece.
This place is one of very many restaurants in Montville. I always end up here as its good value for money, a wide variety of choice, and the Indian selection they have available is really good.
Its also 1/2 way down the main street
Favorite Dish: The Toasted Sandwiches, along with the Indian dishes
This is a cafe with a great reputation situated in a very nice position with inside tables and alfresco dining shaded by beautiful trees. We were unable to secure a table and had to eat elsewhere, but Poets Cafe certainly will be first choice when we return.
A real trendy, friendly place at the far end of town...
Like a country pub, but with a real flair about it.
Favorite Dish: Guiness Pie...yum delicious...Meat cooked in guiness followed by a beer chaser!!!
You can also choose your meat and cook your own barbeque...(then you cant blame the cook)
We had breakfast here and it was absolutely delicious!!!
Freshly squeezed orange juice was available...and fresh it was!!!
The coffee was to die for, a good coffee is hard to find and we found it here.
The big breakfast was huge and really yummy...
You were made to feel very welcome and there was a really homely feel about the place.
Favorite Dish: Breakfast was so so delicious...As fresh as can be, the meal was served piping hot..
The toast was not soggy and the tomatoes were fresh and sweet..
Normally when one has bacon and eggs, the greasy feeling becomes apparent soon afterwards...not here...really well cooked..
If in the area...dont forget to drop by for breakfast!!
Walking through the town after lunch we passed this cafe located off the road surrounded by trees and thought what a nice place it would be to relax for 30 minutes and enjoy a coffee.
The surroundings are laaid back... very much a pub atmosphere. There is a godo selection of meals.
Favorite Dish: We have no favourite as the meals vary in both price and content