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Lifestyle : Blue Mountains Guide
1HERSA1 S005 Big On Entertainment BJ THOMAS Hits include Hooked On A Feeling plus country classic Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song. Sunday 3 April Hi Friday 8 April & Thursday 14 April THE CHOIRBOYS Friday 15 April NOISEWORKS Friday 22 April LEO SAYER Still captivating audiences globally after 40 years. Friday 29 April JOE NICHOLLS USA Country Superstar Wednesday 4 May HIStory Michael Jackson Tribute Friday 13 May Morning Herald Friday, March 25, 2011 5 enu options to suit every taste and budget, writes Keith Austin. ng and great pub grub set views from Echoes Boutique Hotel; interesting choices at Medlow Bath's Whisk & Pin; Australian dining at Lilianfels' Darley's. Feast your eyes . . . from market produce to fine restaurant fare, there's so much to sample in the Blue Mountains. and Darley's restaurant in the five-star Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa. Both offer top-notch dining experiences matched with breathtaking views across the cliff tops and lush rainforest of the Blue Mountains National Park, through the Jamison Valley below and as far as Mittagong, which is about 80 kilometres away. At Echoes, you can marvel at this panoramic view as you chow down on the signature dish of twice-roasted Barbary duck, while the modern Australian cuisine at Darley's might include slow-cooked wagyu sirloin or a forest mushroom pithivier with cauliflower, pickled mushrooms and salsa verde. At Blackheath, a favourite Blue Mountains destination, the New Ivanhoe Hotel's two beer gardens are excellent spots to sample the huge gourmet pies, made by local Denise Boyd. Steaks and snags are all supplied by the nearby Megalong Beef company. Blackheath is also home to long- time favourites Ashcrofts, a one-hatted fine diner where you can tuck into harissa-spiced prawns as well as check out works by local artists, and Vulcans on Govetts Leap Road, where chef Phillip Searle's Asian-inspired mod-Oz menu is as moreish as his pineapple, liquorice and star anise ice-cream is an essential end to the meal. A more recent addition to the local scene is Escarpment bistro, where the former team from Katoomba's Gallery restaurant has set up shop offering a seasonally driven menu that includes Cowra lamb and Black Angus eye fillet. The jewel in the Blue Mountains' fine-dining crown is Lochiel House, where owner-chefs Monique Maul and Anthony Milroy this year won the Good Food Guide regional restaurant award for their excellent service and locavore menu, but close behind is Restaurant Como on the Great Western Highway in Blaxland. This is the place for you if you can't get to Ferran Adria's elBulli or Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck -- a cornucopia of chemistry as foams, soils and dusts take centre stage and the wine and food matching is second to none (book early for the degustation dinners). Further down the foodie spectrum, but no less important, are Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Coronation Hotel in Portland, where pub owner Michael Standford has introduced round-the-world schnitzel nights, with 12 different country-specific sauces to go with your chook. Feeling French? Then it's the bearnaise, ham and grilled gruyere for you. For more fantastic views, give Solitary at 90 Cliff Drive, Leura, a go. This old weatherboard cottage looks out towards Mount -- you guessed it -- Solitary and serves up excellent home-made lemonade, charcuterie plates and salads with fresh, organic herbs from the kitchen garden. And if you are anywhere near the wonderfully named Medlow Bath for breakfast or lunch, the Whisk & Pin Store and Cafe, in a converted garage, is a worthy contender for your attention -- gourmet mueslis, home- made scones, crumbles and cakes sit happily alongside more substantial fresh and local fare. And talking of place names, the oddly designated Bells Line of Road around Bilpin is the go-to place for those who would rather choose their own food and take it home. This stretch of road is home to Bilpin Springs Orchard, Pine Crest Orchard and Shields Orchard. Pick your own potatoes, apples, figs, persimmons, peaches and pears -- or just buy direct from the orchard shed. MARKETS Autumn Harvest Food and Wine Fair, at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, on Saturday, April 30. Blackheath Growers' Market, second Sunday of the month (8am- noon) at the Blackheath Community Centre, corner of Gardiner Crescent and Great Western Highway.
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