The Avalon Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at Katoomba is housed in the old Savoy Theatre (constructed 1936).
The venue is full of vintage memorabilia. What a sense of fun there is here. It has a definite Alice-in-Wonderland quality.
Upstairs is the dining room. For a sense of place, just look out the rear window. My partner Rob and I called in recently for lunch.
I love Baileys, but surely the perfect start had to be a Garden of Avalon cocktail.
I chose a dish from the specials. These days, vegan dishes can be appealing even to a dedicated meat eater like me. It was crumbed eggplant, with mushrooms, basil cream sauce, rosti potato and a green salad featuring cashew nuts – most enjoyable.
Rob decided on lamb, slow roasted with garlic, thyme and bacon and served with a red wine and lime glaze. It was accompanied by hand cut chips, carrots and broccolini. Of course I tried his lamb, just so succulent. There is a lot to be said for slow roasting.
Dessert was a difficult choice as we were sharing one. As you can tell from the pics, the mains had been very generous. For Rob’s sake I could not go past cheesecake featuring one of his favourite treats, licorice. Oh my word, it was heavenly. I confessed I would be writing a review and gave the waitress my card.
Extra marks because the strawberries were sweet and flavoursome, bit of a miracle in Australia in my experience.
Now here is a little Avalon art puzzle. Our table was directly below this rather lovely portrait. I think the glamorous, but unknown lady must have been off to the opera. The artist is P. David. It was purchased in a local charity shop. Any clues to its provenance would be much appreciated, although I guess it would be a shame to destroy the mystery. She reminds my slightly of the vivacious Dame Zara Holt (later Bate), who my darling mother greatly admired.
Our bill for the fancy cocktail, a glass of moscato rose, two mains, a dessert and coffees was $120. Many thanks to the staff, who were unobtrusive, but very friendly and made sure all Covid-safety measures were taken.
NOTE – Bookings for dinner are essential in this pandemic era of reduced seating.
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