This little-hidden treasure located in the treetops in Montville, on the shores of Lake Baroon, was my choice for a birthday breakfast recently, and as you will soon realise, I definitely hit the jackpot!
The stunning Secrets on the Lake Cafe venue boasts panoramic views of water, mountains and rainforest and has been crafted throughout with exquisite wood carvings, the minuscule attention to detail subtly enhancing the harmonisation with its tranquil surrounds.
Carved furniture that has to be seen to be believed!
Secrets on the Lake Cafe has indoor and outdoor seating - perfect for changing weather conditions. On a previous visit to Secrets Cafe, I had noticed a quaint gazebo-style section that formed part of the outdoor seating, but was almost a 'secret' - giving off a more private and personal ambience. This was my choice of seating for our breakfast, as I just knew the special little man in our lives, who is on the spectrum, would appreciate being slightly away from the busyness of other diners. I must mention here that this specific seating area is usually only available for six or more diners. Fortuitously for me, our time choice for breakfast was not exceptionally busy and the staff were very happy to pander to my desires, allowing us the exclusive use of this seating area.
A memorable touch - pink roses and pink sashes, making me feel like a princess for a day
As a memorable touch for my birthday celebration, pink roses, a colourful birthday message and feminine pink sashes were used to adorn the seats, making me feel like the proverbial 'princess for a day!' It's the little touches that go a long way to making one's celebration that extra special.
Happy Birthday from the team at Secrets - specially for moi!
Breakfast times at Secrets on the Lake Cafe start at 8.30am - with last orders being taken at 10.45am. I was particularly impressed with the Breakfast Menu, 'big' enough to satisfy all breakfast wishes, but 'small' enough to not boggle the mind with too many choices. I always think that too extensive a menu could create major hold-ups in the kitchen (just my opinion), whereas a boutique-style menu allows for food to be prepared freshly and with love, for every meal.
My totally decadent Belgian Style Waffles - please note the nudge towards 'healthy' with the strawbs!
As it was my special day - which only comes once a year - I decided to treat myself to something totally decadent: Belgian Style Waffles, with Maple Syrup, Chantilly Cream and Fresh Seasonal Berries for $18. Oh my gosh, my waffles were absolutely perfect! The portion size was just right; a taste-sensation second to none, not too sweet, with the cream successfully toning down the Maple syrup sweetness and the in-season strawberries giving me a gentle nudge towards 'healthiness'!
Hubby's choice for breakfast was the Secrets Forager - a man-sized portion of Baked Truffled Flat Mushrooms, Herb Roasted Tomato, Avocado, Grilled Haloumi, Smoked Barbecue Baked Beans, Eggs and Toasted Sourdough for $24. Hubby's verdict: Excellent!
Secrets on the Lake is an absolutely stunning venue for breakfast, whether it's an intimate occasion or for families or groups. In the heat of summer the tree canopy provides a welcoming respite from hot days, whilst on a crisp winter's morning, guests can snuggle up with cosy knee rugs and enjoy the warmth of heaters on the deck. To view Secrets' full breakfast menu, please click here.
A breakfast visitor, who kept my grandson totally entertained!
A variety of local artists have been specifically hand-chosen to bring an eclectic mix of styles and subjects to this unusual gallery, all of which successfully compliment the unique art space. The gallery has been designed by the owner and his son in a way to showcase both the artwork inside and the landscape outside, with windows framing the rainforest and offering window-framed glimpses of Lake Baroon.
Window-framed water views from the Art Gallery at Secrets
All High Teas need to be booked in advance and paid for, in full, prior to your event. High Teas organised and served on a Sunday incur a surcharge. Gluten Free options are available for High Tea at an additional $5 per person.
Secrets on the Lake's location is deliciously secret!
Secrets on the Lake Café's waiting staff are efficient, extremely helpful and friendly. I do believe that every diner at Secrets on the Lake Caf leaves somewhat reluctantly, but with a feeling of enrichment, of being made to feel 'extra special'. I highly recommend a visit to Secrets on the Lake Cafe - everybody deserves to be treated like a princess - or a prince - for a day!