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Published June 28th 2015
Your Food Bliss Hiding in a Secluded Leafy Haven
Vue 175 Restaurant sits quietly secluded in a part of the Gold Coast Hinterland that is literally a ten minute drive from Coomera, but feels like a private mountain haven – a special kind of getaway. The easy forty five minute drive from Brisbane CBD to leafy Willow Vale will have you luxuriating in mountain air in no time.
It is lunch time. I wander past the infinity pool and gazebo to the restaurant where I am greeted and seated with a friendly smile. Tightly held tension and worries just melt away with the soft welcoming breeze as the huge glass doors are draw wide open and a magnificent vista looking across the entire Gold Coast greets me.
Crispy Bangalow Pork Belly entree
I'm here to eat, but suddenly I don't care about food anymore. I just want wine and six hours to sit here gazing in light-hearted bliss, letting the breeze lightly tease my mane up off my neck while my eyes devour the stunning view laid out before me.
Why has no-one ever told me about this place before?
The menu is difficult to choose from. Not because there is a huge range (there isn't), but because the few things that do appear in each category all sound absolutely divine. I was intending to have a single main course, but the three course special is impossible to refuse. Thank goodness I didn't have a big breakfast I think to myself, as I order entrée, main and dessert.
The crispy skinned bangalow pork belly entrée is tender with a crispy top and amazingly balanced flavours all singing like sirens on the plate. It is an impeccable dish whose flavours leave me gasping for breath in pleasure. Unfortunately though, this is my husband's order, and I stare at it longingly as he pulls it away from me with a tight smile. Lingering remnants of the tasty dish still dance around the insides of my mouth as I ask him if he wants to swap entrees. He looks at me as if I am stark raving mad. That is a 'not in this lifetime - hell no' kind of look.
I enjoy my vegetarian dish of double baked goats cheese and soufflé immensely, yum! But the pork belly was amazing and I want more, more, more. This is made all the more surprising by the fact that I am not normally a fan of pork belly. But the chef has served up something special with this one.
I normally wouldn't order a sirloin steak for main, as I find that cut too tough. But I feel like a steak, and lure of creamy mash and forest mushrooms gets to me. For those who love sirloin, I highly recommend this dish - I don't. But I would order this again if the chef would swap the sirloin for an eye fillet. Next time, I will ring up a few days in advance to arrange the swap.
Wow! Dessert knocks me back into food bliss - cheesecake with popping dirt, fairy floss and a mini ice cream cone. It is such a fun combination to experience and has everything I could ever want in a single dessert – wonderful. I decide immediately that I will be back for three courses again as soon as I possibly can.
For those wanting to get away from the rest of the world for a special relaxed lunch in a mountain setting with fantastic food and service and amazing views, this is the restaurant to book.
I never said it was cheap, but Vue 175 restaurant is easy and quick to get too. Price wise though, I found the three course special worth every cent for what you get for the occasional indulgence or celebration.
Ruffles Lodge also have a day spa and luxury accommodation if you want to spend the night. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Thursday, but you must make a reservation. I think I'm just about due for another lunch fix myself, so I might see you there.