If you are planning to explore the beautiful world heritage-listed Blue Mountains, make sure that your visit includes the Pins on Lurline restaurant, which is located on Lurline Street at Katoomba. One of my favourite Sydney destinations, Katoomba, is nestled in the heart of the Blue Mountains, a popular tourist hotspot that not only offers many places to eat and drink but this bustling town acts as a pivotal stepping stone to the spectacular Blue Mountain ranges. As well as a plethora of quaint cafes and antique stores, Katoomba is particularly famous for the naturally-formed rock structure that is shrouded in myth, The Three Sisters. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, there are countless opportunities for you to enjoy the fresh mountain air and satisfy your thirst for adventure with numerous bush walking tracks and 4WD tours.
Although I have been visiting Katoomba for many years, I was pleasantly surprised by a previously undiscovered gem that I didn’t even know existed. Pins on Lurline is a sensational restaurant that offers a mouthwatering menu of culinary delights that I was so impressed with, I cannot wait to visit them again. The award-winning restaurant is located in a historic landmark cottage that was built in 1898, which was originally used as a guest-house. On driving up to the restaurant, I was captivated by its charming Victorian design, with its elegant rich green facade. the polished wood wraparound verandah, and flourishing gardens.
As soon as we entered the foyer, we were greeted by the very friendly staff and ushered into the small but very cozy dining room. Once seated, and with a glass of superb ROWLEE PINOT GRIS 2015 in hand, I gazed out of the wide colourful stained-glass window that gave an interrupted view of the garden.
The pièce de résistance was the food and wine. The Pins on Lurline restaurant has recently been awarded the AGFG Readers Choice Award for 2017 and it is not hard to see why: their menu offers you a small but expertly designed range of scrumptious delights that will tantalize your taste buds. My choice was a three-course meal.
ZUCCHINI FLOWERS – Filled with ricotta, apple, and cranberries, served on a sweet potato puree with pine nuts and feta.
CHICKEN BALLANTINE – Chicken breast wrapped in Prosciutto, with Mushroom & Asparagus mousse filling, Sage & Cauliflower puree, Broccolini, Mushrooms, & Roasted capsicum cream sauce.
WHITE CHOCOLATE & BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE (with Whipped cream & Golden meringue)
I also shared three side dishes with my dining companions.
ROASTED CHATS – (cooked in duck fat, with rosemary salt).
CHARGRILLED CAPSICUM POLENTA CHIPS – (thick cut, served with Tarragon Aioli)
HOMEMADE BREAD (A new flavour, baked daily and served with butter, organic olive oil, and salt).
An altogether delightful experience, the food was served quickly and was cooked to perfection. It was very hard to choose my favorite part of the meal, but if you visit Pins on Lurline, the homebread bread and White Chocolate & Blueberry Cheesecake are two of my top recommendations. You will not be disappointed.
The Pins offer a Lunch & Dinner Menu, a Taster Menu, a Degustation Menu, and a Champagne Brunch Menu, as well as a terrific Wine Menu with a choice of 26 different types of wines that are predominately sourced from within Australia.
With a ‘Great atmosphere, Great Service, and Spectacular Food and Wine’, Pins on Lurline will become your favourite restaurant in The Blue Mountains.