It does strike me that we are amazingly lucky to be so close to the Blue Mountains. Especially so with restaurants that combine the view with a leisurely long lunch or an amazing degustation dining experience.
Sitting back and enjoying glasses of wine and the waves of drool worthy dishes that highlight the regional and local produce, it is only topped by the magnificent view of the mountainous region covered in eucalyptus trees that takes on a blue tinge when viewed from a distance.
Within Lilanfels is Darley's Restaurant set on 2 acres of garden in a heritage listed country mansion that overlooks the Jamieson Valley and the Blue Mountains. Open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner offering a 2 course menu $95 and a set price 3 courses for $125 for the weekends and public holidays. Degustation tasting menu with also a vegetarian option for $170 per person or $235 with matching wines. Bookings are essential 4780 1200 or make a booking here.
Address: 5-19 Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba If taking the public transport option, it's a 25 minute walk along Katoomba Street to Lilianfels.
Nineteen23 is a lesser known mountainous gem with chef credentials including Rockpool Bar & Grill, Tetsuya and Aria. With views towards Mt Tomah over the World Heritage National Park, the art deco décor dining room and the heritage listed Silvermere Guesthouse.
Lunches with a view, Nineteen23
The a la carte menu offers 2 courses $55, 3 courses for $70 for dinner on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Saturday lunch. The winter degustation also includes a vegetarian option at $90 per person or $130 with matching wines offered for Saturday and Sunday lunch or dinner. Check for availability for Saturday night as the degustation is a popular option for a night out. Or make a weekend of it and stay at Silvermere.
As part of Good Food Month, Nineteen23 are offering a specially crafted meal with matching wines featuring local and regional ingredients on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October for $105 including matching wine. Lunch is from 12 noon and dinner is from 6pm. Bookings are essential 0488 361 923 or book online here. If you're looking to book ahead, why not book for Boxing Day Lunch at Nineteen23 for a lunch you won't forget?
Address: 1 Lake St, Wentworth Falls Taking public transport isn't a problem as it is an 11 minute walk from Wentworth Falls Station
Tomah Garden Restaurant is located within the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens. With views as far as the Hunter Valley across to Wollemi National Park, it is a spectacular sight. Especially with the blooming yellow hues of daffodils which coincides with Daffodil Festival beginning from 16-24 August with free entry into the Gardens.
Lunches with a view Mt Tomah
Chef Sean Moran's philosophy is to local produce and create healthy meals. Morning tea is offered from 10am to 12pm, lunch from 12pm to 3pm and afternoon tea from 3pm to 4pm. The restaurant contact details are 0421 552 746. Address: Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, Bells Line of Road via Bilpin
Solitary Restaurant is set on a heritage listed weatherboard cottage with views overlooking Mount Solitary, Kings Tableland and Jamison Valley. Providing lunch from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 4.30pm offering dishes from $15-$34. Dinner menu starts from $19 on Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm. Bookings are essential 02 4782 1164 or book here.
Lunches with a view, Solitary
Address: 90 Cliff Drive Leura Falls The restaurant is only a 25 minute walk from Katoomba Station.
Give yourself a treat, enjoy a leisurely long lunch with your loved one and soak in the sun, mountain air and amazing local produce.