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Lunch at Bells, Killcare

‘The Mother’ took me to Bells at Killcare for my birthday lunch. We originally wanted to go for dinner, and stay for the weekend, however, we had a pretty busy and intense weekend that the only option was lunch. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it was a lovely day, and drove mid-morning (still managed to get a sleep in) in time for lunch.

The drive to killcare took less than two hours, and Bells at Killcare is situated high on the tip of the Bouddi Peninsula National Park. I’m sure we would have gotten there earlier if my direction skills were up to scratch! Yes, I managed to get ourselves lost – I am a little directionally challenged! Bells is actually a boutique hotel, a retreat and a place that ‘The Mother’ and I would like to stay one day.

I have wanted to try this restaurant for a while now, so was excited when ‘The Mother’ suggested it. The restaurant faces a beautiful garden, it would have been lovely to sit outside on the deck, however, they had a function so we sat inside.

We started with the complimentary olives and parmesan crisps. I love the different types of olives – I wouldn’t have been able to name them all, but they were an absolutely delight and a great starter.

The complimentary bread was wonderful, it was slightly warm, and moist, and dipped in olive oil was just lovely – I love fresh bread.

‘The Mother’ and I couldn’t really do a three course meal for lunch, so thought we would just have a main each and share a dessert. Considering I was still a little full from the wonderful feast at Four in Hand, I really didn’t need a three course meal.

‘The Mother’ opted for grilled grass – fed beef loin with roast garlic, red wine sauce ($39). The beef was superb – it was extremely tender, and cooked to perfection, just the way ‘The Mother’ wanted it. The broccolini was delicious and the red wine sauce a great complement, but the beef – WOW!

I opted for the pan fried Hiramasa kingfish with eggplant salad, dried tomato and caper salsa. The Hiramasa kingfish was beautifully cooked, and well executed. Crispy skin and moist tender fish. I love the braised eggplant, so soft that you didn’t need to chew it at all, and the caper salsa gave it that extra nice touch! It was a very light and delicious dish.

We ordered a side of roast rosemary potatoes which ‘The Mother’ absolutely loved! Think he ate all of it, bar two! The potatoes were soft, with crunchy skin. It was absolutely perfect!

For dessert, we shared the strawberry semifreddo with rhubarb, grapefruit and strawberry jellies. I love how the jellies wobbled, rhubarb, strawberry and grapefruit jelly – they were light and their flavours were distinct. My favourite was definitely the rhubarb jelly, followed by the strawberry jelly, the grapefruit was a little sour for my liking. The thin biscuit on top of the frosty semifreddo was amazing and the strawberry semifreddo was stupendous. It was indeed the perfect way to end a fantastic meal.

Deliciously full, we wondered around the beautiful garden and decided that we will be back for a weekend to say at this lovely venue.

Thank you to ‘The Mother’ for a lovely lunch and for a weekend full of eating, entertainment and laughter! I have been totally and utterly spoilt!

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

Bells at Killcare

107 The Scenic Road

Box Head, 2257

Ph: +61 2 4360 2411

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  1. January 12, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Looks like a great place – would be nice to spend the
    weekend there for sure.

  2. January 12, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Isn’t it gorgeous there? I loved my meal there so much 🙂
    And I’m glad I’m not the only one that gets lost in these
    situations.

  3. January 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    sounds great. i’m actually visiting this weekend as a birthday gift WOOHOO 🙂 good to know what to order now!

  1. June 29, 2011 at 12:27 am

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