Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published September 5th 2016
Live on 'The Edge'
One of my all-time favourite restaurants is The Edge in Montville. Perched on top of the mountain, with panoramic views that go on forever, it's the perfect spot to sit back, relax, enjoy the exceptional ambience and absorb the uninterrupted views over the Sunshine Coast towards the ocean.
Look at those views! - Image: Elaine de Wet
I tried to get a booking to spoil hubby for Father's Day, but was told that they were fully-booked, but always keep a few tables open specifically for walk-ins. So, this is what we did - 'walked-in' and after only being in a queue for a couple of minutes we were shown to a table, much to everyone's delight. The only downside was that everybody else had also ventured into Montville for Father's Day and parking spots were non-existent, but after a couple of laps, we were extremely fortunate to get a parking spot right in front of the Mayfield Centre.
Mayfield Centre - Image: Elaine de Wet
First, a little bit about Montville - Montville was established in the early 1900's and Henry Smith, one of the early settlers had lived in Montville in the district of Connecticut in the United States as a child, and proposed to name the little village Montville after his childhood memories of living in the States.
Montville very quickly developed into a very special mountain escape attracting tourists and artists alike, who were all drawn to the stunning beauty and serenity of the district. This culture in Montville still continues with some of Queensland's most sought after galleries and many exceptional artists residing in and around Montville.
The 'old' School of Arts, now the Montville Village Hall - Image: Elaine de Wet
The visitor to Montville is faced with an eclectic mix of shops and is one of my favourite areas to browse - with a wide variety of restaurants and cafes specialising in local produce. Have you seen the old "School of Arts" next to the Village Green? This is now the Montville Village Hall, which has memorial gates unique to Australia that pay tribute to those who fell, those who served and even those where were 'rejected' for service in the 1914-1918 war.
The Edge is an extremely popular Restaurant - Image: Elaine de Wet
Let's get back to lunch! The Edge always has an excellent Menu with a Specials Board, which is exactly where we made our selection - fresh Beer-Battered Snapper, served with chips (it was Father's Day, so a cheat was in order) and salad with homemade tartar sauce; and Seafood Chowder loaded with black mussels, prawns, scallops, local reef fish, calamari and served with toasted sourdough. Both of these choices were mouth-wateringly good and a tribute to The Edge for their constant ability to provide delicious meals - simple but ever so tasty! The super-efficient service of The Edge Cafe's staff is an added bonus with our meals being delivered very promptly.
Seafood Chowder - Image: Elaine de Wet
We skipped the "Sweets" menu (unlike me, I know) but having visited this special Restaurant on previous occasions, I can vouch for these to be the best I've tasted. Who wouldn't love a Passionfruit and Lime Tart, or a Lime-Iced Macadamia Butterfly Cake or perhaps the Chocolate and Cranberry Brownie?
The Edge also has Gift Cards available - an excellent idea to spoil that someone special!
The vibrant charm of Montville - Image: Elaine de Wet
Montville's unique ambience has a very special appeal to me, not just a place I want to return to, but a place I DO return to again and again, to enjoy the tranquillity, peace and vibrant charm. Bookmark a day to have a great breakfast or lunch or just a coffee and cake at The Edge Cafe, Bar & Restaurant - just the views are worth it! Or book a weekend, and take yourself off to Montville to enjoy some time in an extraordinary place of cool mountain air, artistic culture and wonderful places to stay.