A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published August 1st 2018
A hidden gem - beautiful grounds, fabulous food
On this day out with a friend, we were rather early so we stopped for a coffee at the Mondo Nougat and Chocolate Cafe, which is on Great Northern Highway.
They had all sorts of nougat which I had to just not look at due to not eating sugar products. It is quite a large place and packed with different products, so this was quite difficult for me - an ex-nougat lover!
Every now and then I come across a restaurant that not only has fabulous garden areas and outlooks but also has fabulous food. Stewart's at Brookleigh was one of these and is indeed a hidden gem!
Overlooking the front entrance
It is set in acreage in the Swan Valley and it is a delightful spot. With horses, a veggie garden and nestled under lush trees and in green grass. It has actually been mainly used as a wedding and function venue for about 12 years.
Now, with new management, they are concentrating on the restaurant and they seem to be doing this with flair.
Parking is of course, not a problem, though as yet they have no large signs on Great Northern Highway, so you could possibly "overshoot your mark" finding it. It is situated in the Upper Swan part of the Swan Valley, at Brookleigh Estate, 1235 Great Northern Highway. They serve lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday, and lunch only on Sundays.
They are looking at also opening this restaurant for a weekend breakfast, however, this has not yet begun. When you enter the attractive building, there is a bar and counter to the left with a large amount of seating to the right.
Licensed bar area
They also have an outdoor area which would be glorious when it is not raining, as it was on the day we were there. The menu was not huge, but it was ample and once again, I could not decide. I was toying with either the duck or the lamb shank.
Okay, so I lied! - there were a few more I was toying with - in fact, there are only 6 meals to choose from as main and I was toying with 4! In the end, we decided we would have a main meal and a dessert, and I settled on the lamb shank as I do not often eat red meat and this sounded so good. I was not disappointed as it was tender and fell off the bone. Served with creamy mash potato, green beans, gremolata and braised to perfection, this meal cost $38.
Lamb shank with gremolata
The serving of the mains was not fast, however, this did not worry me, as it was worth the wait. My friend ordered the confit of duck leg, which was served with braised red cabbage, carrot puree, and pomme fondant. It was gluten-free. She said this was delicious and the duck was tender - this meal cost $36.
Confit of duck leg
Then it came time for dessert and we decided to have two and share them both. As usual, and because I nowadays rarely have dessert, I found the steamed banana pudding with salted caramel sauce was so good.
Banana pudding with salted caramel-yumm
My friend had the chocolate brownie with chocolate sauce and honeycomb and this one was very rich but also to die for! Desserts were all $12 each and were also not a disappointment.
Best chocolate brownie
Well, after all this food we sort of waddled outside back to our car to begin our journey of about 25 minutes to home. However, on our way to the restaurant, we had passed The Cheese Barrel, and as it was on the other side of the road, we decided we would go there on our way back.
The Cheese Barrel had, of course, many imported and Australian cheeses. It is situated at 920 Great Northern Highway. In fact, they had so many I was quite overwhelmed and bought nothing which is unusual for me! With cheeses from around the world, I just could not decide which ones to buy!
We had another cup of coffee here and then lashed out (once again could not resist food!) and had the baked Brie at $14.50. This is a wedge of Brie filled with quince paste and baked in the oven until it was gooey and runny. It was served with some sliced bread.
Gooey melted Brie cheese
This was out of this world good! Although we had already eaten two courses and had a cup of coffee before lunch, we managed to woof this down with gusto, enjoying every single mouthful immensely.
All in all, as the saying goes "just another day in WA" and in the inimitable Swan Valley which never ceases to amaze me.