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Published October 3rd 2013
After an extended absence the Khoo family have returned to Katoomba Street and opened up the Unique Patisserie, an intriguing blend Malaysian food in the Penang style with fabulous French cakes and pastries. This mix includes laksa, satay, meat pies and profiteroles. And it is all fabulous.
Whilst the exterior of the shop is uninviting, it's what inside that counts, and inside you will find a clean crisp interior. The shop has a long display of the delectable and somewhat distracting range of desserts, including sculpted meringues for children, genuine puddings, and puff-pastries galore.
At the front of the shop is a dazzling array of wedding cakes. At the back of the shop is a window into the kitchen, which is immaculate. It must be the cleanest kitchen in the mountains.
Awards for both Thomas Khoo and Yong Hiang Hwa adorn the walls and after dining there, I could only agree with them. This is the best Asian food in the Blue Mountains.
I arrived with a party of four, including a nine year old. The adults opted for the lunch time specials which were priced around $10 - $13. I had Satay chicken and the others ordered beef in oyster sauce and teriyaki chicken.
The nine year old opted for a plain meat pie. We also received an entrée of curry puffs. A short time later our meal arrived. I sampled some of the veggies in the beef dish and they were fresh and crisp.
The teriyaki chicken was succulent, sweet and tangy as teriyaki should be. My satay chicken was excellent, the chicken was tender, juicy and very nutty, and after the first bite it kicked. The chilli came out as a pleasant afterthought, spicy in the right way but not mouth-burning.
The dishes were artfully presented with carved carrots and salt statues that were stunning and beautiful. As for the meat pie – the nine year old declared it to be the best meat pie in the mountains.
Having completed the meal we hovered over the display counter to make a decision as to which dessert we'd have. The nine-year old went for the meringue worm decorated with lollies.
My friends ordered the white chocolate puff and baked cheesecake, while I had a slice of opera cake. All were scoffed.
The opera cake had a pleasant mix of hazelnut coffee cream with chocolate sponge and icing. Prices for these desserts ranged around the $5.00 mark.
We ordered coffee and tea; the green tea was refreshing and crisp, and the coffee was flavoursome. The total bill came to just under $90 which is reasonable for three adults and a child.
We had a really enjoyable time at the Unique Patisserie.
The service is friendly, attentive and respectable.
The restaurant clean and comfortable and the food is fantastic.