Loves being creative, spontaneous, daring and cheeky, whilst living the life of her dreams. Will be honest to admit to having a drink before noon and getting morning coffee in her pajama's...... occasionally :)
A little town called Sassafras some how triggers a cartoon memory from my childhood, when Donald Duck is trying to remember in several attempts and ('Open Sassafras' was one of them) the magic words ' Open Sesame' to unlock the cave of hidden treasures.
I was 2 hours early for an appointment in Uppwey and was suggested to go for a drive up the hill and have lunch to kill time. So, with little direction and self reliance to follow 'that' sign, I was instantly drawn to Fortnum's, a French colonial looking restaurant located at 395 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras.
It was a sunny day and I wanted to sit outside, soak up the fresh mountain air and to my surprise watch rosellas casually perched on a tree branch next to me.
I ate one of the specials priced at $20.90 and let me just say it was not only a very generous serving but absolutely scrumptious. I ordered the Smoked salmon potato pancakes with a side salad - and I devoured it. Apparently, the specials have been the same for the last 6 years and the waiter informed me, they will get in trouble if they change it. I can see why.
My niece ordered the sensational hot potato filled with a dash of herb butter, sour cream and a special mince topped with cheese accompanied by a fresh side salad priced at $16.90. Also a winner.
The menu is very basic yet classic. From homemade pumpkin soup with a hint of ginger and served with fresh crusty bread to desserts like homemade pavlova, both priced at $10.90. If you want something traditionally simple, devonshire scones for two is only $7.90 but does not include tea.
Overall, a must see place to experience delicious home made food with generous servings, friendly staff and a weekend drive will take you there.
Open 7 days. For bookings and functions ph. 03 9755 1200