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The Jamison Guesthouse and The Rooster Restaurant

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by Katherine Eva (subscribe)
Katherine Eva is a Freelance Writer on the look-out for top adventure spots.
Published June 14th 2015
France Comes to Katoomba
It's always great to stumble across a new attraction in a place you thought you knew well. This is what happened on a recent visit to Katoomba.

Quaint French Bistro in Katoomba
A piece of Paris in Katoomba

We'd just finished the Prince Henry Cliff Walk, a trail leading from Echo Point towards Leura. As we came out to the roadside, we suddenly saw beautiful views of the Jamison Valley. And just across the road was this quaint looking hotel The Jamison Guesthouse, with a restaurant The Rooster downstairs. Being keen to make a dinner reservation for that night, we popped in and made some inquiries. Inside we were greeted by friendly French staff behind a Parisian looking bistro bar. We were immediately sold and booked in for dinner that night.

Finding this hidden gem

The Manager Ross suggested that we arrive for dinner before sunset so that we could enjoy the gorgeous views of the Jamison Valley. That suited us fine as it's always nice to enjoy an aperitif before the main meal. The views that Ross described didn't disappoint. As we sipped Piper Hiedsieck Champagne (yes actual French Champagne, not sparkling wine) by the window, we gazed at the changing colours in the sky over the valley.

Jamison valley views
Champagne with a view

When it was time for dinner we moved further inside to a table by the fireplace. It really felt like being in France. Our friendly and chatty French waiter Louis discussed the menu and suggested wine selections. We decided upon the charcuterie platter and fresh asparagus with goats cheese puff pastry for entrees. Delicious. Then we moved on to Traditional Beef Bourguignon and Rack of Lamb, with ratatouille and provenšal jus. It was so tasty that we couldn't stop eating. I was surprised that we were even able to fit in a Dark Chocolate Mousse and Tarte au Citron Meringue for dessert. In terms of the quality of food, we couldn't fault it.

French waiter
Louis, our friendly French waiter

One of the other positive points of The Rooster is that it's only a short stroll from most accommodation in Katoomba. In fact, we found the brisk walk back to our hotel pretty useful after the rich meal. But if you really don't want to travel far to your accommodation, the upstairs boutique guesthouse is a great option. We popped upstairs for a look and were definitely impressed by the atmosphere. Rooms were styled with a French and cosy touch, with views across the valley. We were also told that the guesthouse has been around for 125 years. We'll definitely book in next time we visit the mountains.

Dessert time

Speaking of the next visit, at the Rooster Restaurant we joined their "birthday club" which basically involves filling in a brief form which gets you invited back for a free meal on your birthday. What a great idea and mine's coming up soon!
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I've had the pleasure of staying there and eating in the restaurant a number of times, albeit some time ago. It was wonderful. I must admit though that, on one occasion, I went purely for the escargot (simply delicious) to the point of having them for entree and main course! Must go back in Spring and sample again.
by Vivie (score: 2|116) 1853 days ago
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