Solitary Restaurant & Kiosk, Leura

In keeping with the theme of our relaxing mid-week getaway, we decided we wanted to lunch at a price we wouldn’t usually were we back in Sydney. Prior to making our way to Leura, I came across Solitary’s website and at the sight of the photograph on the main page, I was sold.

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We made our way to the restaurant by taking yet another winding road, at uncomfortably fast speeds (the boy has a dangerous love of mountain roads), after a morning of bush walking at nearby Wentworth Falls. Tiresome work, I was not made for physical activity ):

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They offered outside seating, but it was full by the time we arrived, at around 2pm for a late lunch. I would’ve opted for inside seating anyway, because despite the nice sunny weather there was still a chilly breeze, and I like my food warm =) There were no other tables inside, and the hostess seated us well around the corner from the kitchen and front door, so we had plenty of privacy to enjoy the impressive view.

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Caramel milkshake, $4.50
I have this bad obsession with caramel milkshakes, and I feel compelled to order one whenever I see it on the menu. Very not good for me, but so tasty all the same.

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Saltimbocca – Grilled pork with sage, prosciutto and melty cheese with cress salad, $24.50
I am still torn, and undecided on where I stand with prosciutto; I can’t decide if I like it or hate it =/ The grilled pork was perfect, and not dry at all, though I felt that the $24.50 price tag on the two pieces of pork a little hefty but I did say I was eating out of my means for this meal so I’m not exactly complaining either.

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Solitary’s steak sandwich, with tomato relish and caramelised onion, $17.00
Well worth the $17. The beef was juicy and tender, and I love tomato relish.

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Fries with roast garlic aioli (small), $7.70
I only wish that little plate of aioli was bigger. I love aioli, and these chips were crispy and most importantly, hot. :) Initially we ordered the large fries but the hostess let us know that large was generally intended for groups of four people, even though I probably could have finished the large chips anyway :D

The cheesecake dessert we set our sights on ordering was sold out, so I got no dessert. *sadface*

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Look! They grow their own herbs :) and there’s the chef running out to get some more :)

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We were also greeted by this cockatoo upon leaving the restaurant :) I never realised how big they were until it swooped past me. I almost ran across to the other side of the building :S

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If you’re in the Blue Mountains near Leura, I would say that its definitely worth a visit, if not just for the amazing views.

Solitary
90 Cliff Drive
Leura Falls
T: (02) 4782 1164
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Pins on Megalong, Leura

We were recommended Pins on Megalong by the lady whose Bed & Breakfast we were staying at while at Leura. On the first night we decided we wanted to stay in and so opted for take-away, and ordered light as we were unsure of what the food would be like. Having our first tastes from the take-away boxes we both agreed that Pins warranted a second (if not more) visit and pretty much booked a table right there and then.

Pins was only a brisk 5 minute walk away from where we were staying and its a nice walk, even at night you can see the beautiful gardens and flowers around Leura. On the outside (I didn’t get a picture *sadface*) you wouldn’t even think much of it, as it blends into all the other houses around it. When you walk in you are greeted with a warm fireplace, perfect on such a cold night up in the Blue Mountains. There seems to be only one waiter tonight, and last night as well, despite the restaurant being full, so it does take awhile to get seated.

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Char-grilled calamari on a rocket salad, $11.50
The calamari wasn’t my cup of tea, but the boy liked the smoky barbecue flavour of it, and the texture is how you’d want calamari to be, not too rubbery.

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There was a pretty long interval between the entrΓ©e and the main course and I just happened to have a pen with me, so we busied ourselves playing hangman. Why waste good paper? :)

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Spicy lamb meatballs w/ spaghetti in a tomato cheese sauce, $18.90
This was on their specials board and I’d seen a lady eating it the night before, so I’d pretty much decided what I wanted to order before I set foot in the restaurant a second time :) I’m usually not a fan of cheese, but this delish. You can’t see it here, but the cheese came in soft gooey chunks in the sauce. The lamb meatballs were perfect and not too gamey, just the way I like my lamb.

Linguine pasta w/ garlic tiger prawns in a whisky saffron tomato cream, $21.90
I don’t remember much about this dish, just that it was creamy and creamy.. oh.. yeah, and creamy and I loved it. Not heavy creamy, but light, fluffy, yummy creamy, and wishing my stomach could expand so I could shovel both pastas in.

We’d tried both a meaty chicken dish and a pasta dish on the first night, but noticed the majority of diners opted for pasta dishes and when we had a chat with the single waitress that was working she also recommended the pasta dishes. Good recommendation :)

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White chocolate creme brulee infused w/ ginger and fresh lime w/ honeycomb ice cream, $9.50
I loved how the top layer of caramelised sugar was so thin and delicate on this. There wasn’t much taste of lime, but the ginger was there, and noticeable but not overpowering. The thing I loved most: honeycomb ice cream :) yum.

The previous night I also got a chocolate mousse truffle cake and it was heaven!

Leura is only a short 1.5 hour drive from Sydney and we are definitely going to return for a third, or even fourth visit.

Pins on Megalong
156 Megalong St
Leura NSW 2780
T: (02) 4784 1010

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