On Friday night Bron and I drove to Bowral to enjoy a food lovers’ weekend. We had a special deal with Peppers Craigieburn.
I’m glad for lunch I had chips and gravy because the welcoming tasting tray was a little light on.
What it lacked in quantity it made up for in quality of flavours.
For breakfast the next morning I started with a granola parfait and a biggish breakfast.
After breakfast we had a short stroll around the golf course.
For morning tea we went into Bowral and visited the Gumnut patisserie in the Grand Arcade on Bong Bong Street in Bowral
You can find it at Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/Cta14
Bron persuaded me to try a vanilla slice. Well you know how much I love a good vanilla slice (see a search result here).
This was one of the nicest vanilla slices I’ve enjoyed. The custard was light but held together well without being too gelatinous. It was also not too sweet and the vanilla taste was perfect. The pastry was thin and flaky but not too thick and flaky. The icing was a little too thick and stiffened the top surface. I long for a good old fashioned pink icing with a little passion fruit. Otherwise this one was pretty good and I can see why the Gumnut patisserie is an award winner.
After morning tea we went to The Cheese Store in Bowral for the components for a picnic lunch. We planned to buy the bread from the Gumnut patisserie.
The Google map is at http://goo.gl/maps/DihEb
After getting some blue cheese, double cream brie, a fruity cheddar, a pork and pistachio terrine and duck and orange pâté we went looking for a place to eat.
We found the Jellore Lookout at http://goo.gl/maps/6FePf but it was too windy
It was so windy up there.
We kept driving and found Mount Alexandra. We set up for the picnic and enjoyed some of the best food you can have outdoors.
Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/virXi
After lunch we drove to the Centennial Vineyards so Bron could buy some wine.
You can find it at Google map http://goo.gl/maps/isfIa
The local mass produced wine is from the Bong Bong label. I love the name. It’s hilarious.
In the afternoon we watched the AFL grand final.
The only thing on my mind was the joy of knowing Manly defeated South Sydney and the hope the Knights would defeat Easts Roosters.
We had dinner at Montfort’s Restaurant.
The dinner was quite nice. I’d rate it as worthwhile and would recommend it to anyone visiting Bowral.
I’m now the Foursquare mayor of Montfort’s 🙂
Another filling breakfast was needed on Sunday morning.
After breakfast we went for a stroll around the grounds.
There were some great trees. The Marge Simpson tree and a fallen poplar tree.
After we checked out we hit Bowral again for a look around and found a busker singing some tunes. We had a coffee and treat while listening.
This was the best apple turnover I’ve ever eaten and I’ve eaten quite a few in my time. The cream was fresh and the apple perfectly cooked. It was amazing.
After morning tea we drove back to Canberra and stopped at Tulip Top Gardens.
Check them out at Google map http://goo.gl/maps/d7u7i
The Tulip Top Gardens charge a $13 entry and for that you also get a sausage in a piece of bread.
When we arrived the line was too long and stayed that way for the next couple of hours.
We had some left over cheese and meat from the day before.
Then we walked around the gardens. take a look through the slideshow of images.
After a fabulous weekend of fabulous food I made myself a bacon and cheese omelet.
It’s been a great weekend. Peppers Craigieburn is very worthwhile in terms of a weekend away. The food lovers’ package is pretty good. The weather was fantastic and the food better. The best part of the weekend was of course Bron’s company on a fabulous little break.
Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/GqJfZ
Final comments on Montfort’s Dining Room
The meals were all of a high standard and very enjoyable. The breakfast was an enhanced buffet experience but much nicer than most metropolitan hotel experiences.
The tasting plate was a very nice show case of the delicate cuisine Montfort’s can deliver.
The four course meal was superb, well at least the first three courses of mushrooms, barramundi and chicken. The cheese platter was a little ordinary with a hard blue cheese and two other hard cheeses. I’d prefer at least one soft cheese plus a blue and a hard. The pear slices and strawberries were nice but some fruit paste would have been good too. My other comment would be the poached egg with the mushrooms. Served in its own container in a little water meant the yolk became watery when the white was broken. The yolk was a little undercooked.
Otherwise, this is a very worthwhile restaurant to visit and enjoy.
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