Is Leura the prettiest village in the Blue Mountains? Even as a proud Blackheathen I have to admit it is. This mural features the cool climate plants that thrive here in the Mountains; rhododendrons, camellias, spring bulbs etc.
My partner Rob and I booked into Silks Brasserie for lunch on Valentine’s Day. It’s at 128 The Mall and is a bit of an institution really.
There is a delightfully intimate feel about the interior, perfect for a romantic occasion. Back in 1991 this building housed a restaurant called La Sala, owned by the flamboyant entertainer Reg Livermore. His legacy is the French style bar and the chequerboard floor.
We skipped the starters to leave room for dessert. I did yearn for those scallops though, or the mussel chowder;
My only criticism with the mains menu was that it included two pasta dishes and a burger, none of which constitute fine dining in my opinion, but others may feel differently. We had eaten fish the night before so I ordered the lamb fillet. Unaccountably, Rob chose ‘bangers and mash’……. admittedly gourmet bangers.
My lamb was superb, as tender as could be and served with black olives in a heavenly sauce.
Rob loved the sausages, especially the Kranski, which is a succulent combination of pork, beef, bacon and garlic.
I struggle not to order meringues for dessert every time I eat out, but I decided to try the date pudding. After his ‘bangers’ Rob did an about turn and ordered the stylish Affogato with Cointreau. It produced a blissful smile and made me wonder if I could manage one too. Of course I couldn’t, but dates, butterscotch and that creative blend of fruits was a great finale.
Of course the loveliest time to visit Leura is when the cherry blossom is out in the divided main street.
We are fortunate to have so many great dining options here in the Mountains…and in such magical locations. If you have time on a visit to this village, take your camera and go to Leura Cascades, or the lookout at Sublime Point. Oh….and then go on to my beautiful Blackheath!