Any foodie worth their salt knows that good food with a great rep is always worth a drive!
For those with a keen nose and an appetite for something out of the ordinary—honestly, if we see one more burger joint we’ll cry—a jaunt up the coast to Montville should be high up on your agenda.
Nestled among ancient Jacaranda, Magnolia and Fig trees on the edge of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland lays the stunning Spicers Clovelly Estate. Renowned for its luxury accommodation and French-Provincial feel, this place is pretty spesh.
But, despite the impeccable countryside location, the panoramic views, and gorgeous interiors (you know, whatever…) the jewel in Clovelly Estate’s crown is their award winning, 2-hatted restaurant, The Long Apron.
Head Chef Cameron Matthews and his team know how to up the wow factor; simply offering up great-tasting food is not enough. Having created an impressive menu showcasing the abundance of local produce surrounding the property (so local, that pineapples are sourced from the local road-side stall, and some ingredients even come from the estate’s gardens—that’s super fresh!), dishes at The Long Apron menu are literally a feast for the eyes!
Standouts like the slow roasted lamb belly with roses, and persillade snails with watercress and horseradish crème, look as delicate as they are delicious. Sweet tooths are spoilt rotten with flavours unlike anything you’d find in your local bistro; mandarin and buttermilk, aged amazake creamed rice, and green rhubarb sorbet, proving the team at The Long Apron take presentation as seriously as the taste.
Dining at The Long Apron is a must-do, regardless as to whether you’re staying on the estate or not (though you really should, if only to hang in total luxury. Treat yo’self!). Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, locals have had the luxury of calling The Long Apron their local jaunt for a while now, and it’s high time us city folk get in on the action!
Image credit: Ariana Gillrie
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