I am a freelance reviewer in Sydney, and lover of sharing my experiences in all things food, wine, entertainment and travel related.
Published December 3rd 2012
Well named for its position on a cliff top in splendid isolation, is the beautiful and unique Solitary Restaurant located at Leura Falls in the Blue Mountains.
[ADVERT]Exclusive in its location, Solitary Restaurant offers quite possibly some of the best views available in the Blue Mountains, overlooking the Jamison Valley through to the Southern Highlands uninterrupted.
Solitary has a more casual kiosk option, as well as the fine dining restaurant, and is housed within a heritage listed weatherboard cottage, featuring a characteristically slate hipped-roof, and set amongst a beautiful garden on a hill top.
The interior can, described as light, airy, quietly sophisticated and tranquil, while respecting the history of the building – offering a mix of federation and contemporary style decor.
The huge glass windows allow diners to take in the other-worldly views from both the kiosk or restaurant options. Outdoor seating can also be arranged subject to availability when booking, for an unforgettable mountain top interlude.
Solitary Restaurant offers a fresh and sophisticated modern Australian menu with the charm you would expect from a lovely country cottage.
The Salmon Gravalax entrée is a simple cured salmon style dish, but the flavours are elevated with the clever inclusion of Gruyere cheese balls, avocado creme and slithers of fennel shavings with a pernod vinigarette for $19.
Mains are also impressive, and of particular note is the seared Beef Eye Fillet served with mushroom duxelle, gorgonzola bread pudding, and grebiche butter for $31. The flavours combined are sensational is a must try dish.
The desserts are also excellent. For $14 the Poached pistachio pear with passion fruit panna cotta and pina colada sorbet, and the Toffee and banana crumble tartlette, with Belgium chocolate ice-cream are worth sampling.