Leura Falls's Solitary Kiosk in one of those places that has been around since 1913 and the first thing you notice is the absolutely lovely view. So much so that it used to be called the Fork 'n' View as a testament to a common (swearing) utterance heard when people saw the view offered.
_The Fork 'n' View of the Jamison Valley, Mount Solitary and Kings Tableland
We're here for brunch and it's fairly empty, a surprise for a well known establishment. We're shown to a table in the restaurant area even though we are after the kiosk and it's full of white walls, paintings and sculptures.
We make our order with the friendly waitress. We order a selection of breakfast items as well as the lunch Charcuterie plate as well as coffees and juices. The almost clear apple juice is by Logan Brae, that favourite apple juice of the Blue Mountains made at Shipley Platueau. It's different from what I remember, slightly more bitter. My husband supposes that it's because they're using younger less sweet apples.
The coffee is served in an Australian Aboriginal decorated cup and isn't bad-quite strong indeed.
The Banana bread which is supposed to come with lavender honey butter arrives. The small slices of butter don't seem to have any trace of lavender honey in it which is slightly disappointing as that was why we ordered it. The lightly toasted banana bread is good though.
The Ricotta hotcakes with orange curd are delicious, three thick but light hotcakes fantastic with the tangy orange curd rich with fragrant zest.
The scrambled eggs with sourdough doesn't look particularly exciting but the sourdough and creamy buttery eggs are divine together.
The Charcuterie plate is a mix of 3 dips and relishes, a beetroot one, a capsicum one and a delicious caponata (eggplant dip). There's thinly sliced proscuitto and salami, ciabatta bread slices and small salty olives laced with chili with a couple of crossed breadsticks. It's a nice combination and I particularly like the dips.
Gazing out at the view, we feel ourselves fortified in both mind and body and we set out for a not so strenuous day of shopping in Leura. Some of my favourite shops in the area are: the Christmas Cottage (above), Moontree candles (for the Homewares in the lower levels, not so much the candles on the street level) and Elizabeth Rosa stationary. Shopping and Food is why I like the Blue Mountains so much.
Solitary Kiosk and Restaurant
90 Cliff Drive, Leura Falls NSW 2780
Open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 9am-4pm
Tel: +61 (02) 4782 1164