Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published August 20th 2013
Great food & entertainment
Located high-up on the Blackall Range of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, approximately 100kms from Brisbane, sits the unique rural town of Montville. Montville, and neighbours on the Blackall Range; Maleny, Mapleton and Flaxton; attract a large influx of tourists and visitors, with art galleries, exclusive shopping experiences, local and exotic gourmet and homemade foods, dairy farms, spectacular views, lush rainforest, nature walks and reserves, national parks and, of course, the multitude of experiences and getaway accommodation available. These relaxed towns are renowned for being cultural, artistically-concentrated natural beauties of South East Queensland.
Main Street, Montville, is the centre of Montville's exclusive shopping precinct. Incorporating over 100 retail outlets, the main stretch in Montville is where you'll find incomparable art galleries, fudge and chocolate parlours, antique stores, opal cutters, candy connoisseurs, spiritual boutiques, liquor warehouses and more mouth-watering food options than you'd be able to savour in a week's stay. These shops line both sides of gently inclining Main Street; and right near the very top sits Montville's 'pub' – Montville Café, Bar & Grill.
Montville Cafe, Bar & Grill - compliments of the Montville Cafe, Bar & Grill Facebook page.
A striking black and white Tudor building, complete with landscaped gardens, Montville Café, Bar & Grill is the perfect end destination after a day of trekking for treasures up Main Street. Open from 10am-10pm daily, Montville Café, Bar & Grill provides patrons with great food and entertainment, with the addition of a traditional pub atmosphere. The menu is designed to please with, you guessed it, café, bar and grill items waiting to be ordered. Salad, cheese platters, cakes, desserts, gourmet burgers, pies, Australian and imported draught beers, boutique wines (sourced direct from the cellar door), steaks, rack of ribs, lamb shank and duck are just some of the delectable menu items available for your satisfaction. Montville Café, Bar & Grill even offers both indoor and outdoor dining.
As well as the extensive menu, Montville Café, Bar & Grill offers live entertainment every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and every Friday night. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of talented local musicians outside in the gardens, or put on your dancing shoes for the regular performers, upstairs in the Function Room.
Live Entertainment Times: Friday: 6pm – 9pm Saturday: 12pm – 4pm Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
Check out the Live Entertainment Calendar HERE. Check out Performer Profiles (the regulars) HERE.
Attractive wooden signs advertising the business; Montville Cafe, Bar & Grill.
My partner and I recently spent four lovely nights in Montville; our little getaway. Our accommodation, Tree Houses of Montville, provided us with a list of nearby restaurants; their addresses and phone numbers; to ease the process of organising meals. On the first night of our little holiday we made our way over to Montville Café, Bar & Grill at the suggestion of our helpful hosts. It wasn't too far from Tree Houses of Montville – we'd even passed it on our way through Main Street earlier that day. The meals we enjoyed that first night had us hooked – we ended up dining at Montville Café, Bar & Grill all four nights of our stay in Montville.
Here are some of the meals my partner and I consumed over the four nights.
Meal 1: Fish of the Day - Line Caught. Grilled Barramundi with garden salad, chips with homemade herb salt and homemade tartare sauce.
Meal 1: This meal was my meal on the first night of our stay. The 'fish of the day' happened to be barramundi – which I rather enjoy. Eating this I could tell that the fish was indeed fresh, and that made a world of difference. The piece of barramundi was well presented, nicely grilled and tasted delicious. Eating it with the lovely soft chips and their mysteriously addictive homemade salt, the sweet and tangy homemade tartare sauce and my beverage of choice – a vodka lemon, lime n' bitters – was simply divine.
Meal 2: One of my partner's meals – he who loves a nice rack of ribs. The meat from the ribs was amazing; tender and delicious, falling off the bone (which we all know is pretty perfect). The taste of the sticky honey, beer and chili sauce was flavoursome; my partner's opinion is that the ribs, although lovely, could've been better with more of this sauce over the top. The garden salad (topped with French dressing) was appetising, as was the mash, and the chips were consistent with all of the meals we consumed over four nights – soft and perfectly salted with the splendid homemade salt.
Meal 3: This was my favourite meal of all four nights. The medium-cooked eye fillet was flawless. Perfectly cooked, tender, juicy and tasty – I was incredibly impressed with this mouth-watering meat (so much so that I ordered it again the following night). The garlic topper was a strong spurt of good flavour too. The herbed potato rubble was a bit like mash, but better – so much flavour and texture. I've never had potato like it before. My beetroot salad was a burst of surprising flavours, zesty and zingy, and the combination of tastes inside the meal was exquisite. The sauce went hand-in-hand with both the meat and potato and the 'reef your beef' extra that I ordered, the garlic prawns and scallops, were fresh and lip-smacking too. This meal was my absolute favourite.
Meal 4: With an additional sprig of rosemary, my partner's lamb shank was much like his ribs. The meat was delectable, tender and delicious, perfectly falling off the bone with minimal effort – but there was certainly enough sticky sauce to satisfy in this meal. The sauce poured over the lamb, mash and vegetables wonderfully, infusing the meal with strong flavour. The mash was soft (probably more so because of the sauce) as were the root vegetables. Overall a great meaty saucy meal.
Meal 3: 250g Darling Downs Eye Fillet, aged 60 days, grain fed, served with caramelised onion, fresh herb potato rubble, beetroot salad and topped with confit garlic and creamy forest mushroom and parsley sauce. Extra: Creamy garlic prawns and scallops in sauce.