Nestled far from the rumbling Great Western Highway, hidden beside the historic Norman Lindsay Gallery www.normanlindsay.com.au/) is Lindsay's Cafe. This place is a hidden gem. The decor is country kitchen with cool tiles and a changing gallery of local artists. The most recent exhibition featured a colourful collection of Australian parrots.
There is a range of dining areas to choose from, including a balcony looking out onto the bush, a private courtyard, and a reasonably sized dining room. My wife and I were going to sit on the balcony for lunch, but the day was too hot and we asked to be seated in the cool split-level dining room.
The lunch menu featured some lovely cafe-style fair with prices ranging from around $14 to $28. The food variety was impressive and made the choice difficult. Fortunately, you can review the menu on their website. After much deliberation my wife chose the smoked trout and potato hash which came topped with a fried egg, and I had a Moroccan lamb burger with char-grilled vegetables and minted yogurt. The lamb burger was tender and delicious, excellently balanced by the eggplant and red-capsicum grill, the yogurt added a refreshing panache to the dish. My wife's salmon hash was golden brown, salty and delightfully tasty.
My wife let me off the chain to peruse the cake display. So we finished off the meal with an excellent sticky date pudding with a yummy caramel fudge sauce. And since my eyes were bigger than my stomach, we also shared a chocolate Rocher cake drizzled with berry coulis and accompanied by creamy raspberry sorbet. I must admit that we both preferred the sticky-date pudding.
The service was friendly and welcoming. Our hostess was very knowledgeable about the meals. The cafe was reasonably quiet on the day we attended; it's almost a shame to reveal its location, but it is worth the visit. I encourage both Blue Mountain locals and Sydneysiders to spend some time at both the cafe and the Norman Lindsay Gallery. The cafe has a kid's menu, a breakfast menu available until 11am, a menu for groups larger than twenty and it caters for moderately sized functions. It is strictly BYO with a charge per person.