A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published January 5th 2013
Lunch overlooking the Hinterland
A trip up to Montville in the Sunshine Coast is a welcome respite to the Brisbane urban city dweller and is one of the more popular weekend hangouts. Consisting of a quaint European-like main street with historical, charming buildings, it is easy to see why it is such a huge drawcard. Close your eyes and you can pretend you have just made that long trip to fascinating Europe. Add in the spectacular view of the Sunshine Hinterland's Glasshouse Mountains and a glimpse of the famous coast beaches and this adds a magical touch of difference.
Mayfield on Montville is a historical building towards the end of the main street with its own complimentary basement carpark for visitors. This is a carpark with a view, looking out to the lush surrounding of the green and beautiful hinterland. Mayfield on Montville is right above the carpark and opens out to boutique shops, fine art and craft galleries, 10 luxurious self contained apartments and the Edge restaurant, overlooking the whole of Sunshine Coast.
On New Year's Day, we stumbled across the Edge Restaurant, mainly because everyone else had the same idea and the car park at the basement was the only one available at Montville. We weren't prepared, however for the breathtaking view from the veranda. Usually, panoramic views are blocked by restaurant pillars or sheeting but the Edge held nothing back. Tables were set up literally right next to the edge of the cliff, allowing us to enjoy the spectacular mountain views.
Being fully licensed, you can enjoy a delicious cocktail or indulge in a bottle of wine with your meal. As it was New Years Day, they had a special public holiday menu which had a surcharge compared to their normal lunch meals (around $30) with a more limited range. But even then, there were plenty of choices available from beer battered snapper to gourmet beef pies, scrumptious salad and fresh linguini.
Obviously catering to the tourist crowd due to its peaceful & scenic surroundings, we were a bit dubious at first but thought we would indulge ourselves just to relax and enjoy the fantastic view. The environment really helped us sit back and relax, taking in the cool mountain air. The café was busy but the wait-staff was surprisingly very attentive and polite. Service was quick despite the crowd and the fact that it was a public holiday. The beer battered fish and chips I ordered was very well-presented with crispy chips, creamy tartare sauce, beautifully battered and fresh snapper without any ounce of sogginess and a large side of fresh salad. I was glad that the food was tasty, leaving a positive memory to the day's outing.
The Edge is open daily from 9.00 am for breakfast and lunch at the Mayfield Centre, 127-133 Main Street, Montville, Qld. Phone: 07 5442 9499. It is available for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions. If you are staying more than a day, their self-contained apartments have the same panoramic views to enjoy from your bedside and your spacious private balcony. There is a large spa bath for you to soak your worries away, full kitchen facilities, a television, DVD and sound system as well as quality furniture and fittings.