Monday, July 13, 2009

Review: Red Door Cafe, Leura

After our trip back from Jenolan Caves on the very last day of our visit to the Blue Mountains, it was well after 3:30pm, and most cafes along the way were already packing up and closing for the day. The period between 3pm and 4pm is undoubtedly the most wretched time to find oneself starving as it is too early to contemplate dinner, and it is often too late to pop oneself down for a light lunch at a cafe.

Luckily for us, we found the Red Door.
The decor in this place definitely has character in its own humble manner. The dark wooden furniture is understated, and the bright red provides a lovely backdrop to liven up the atmosphere. Hanging on the walls are a few brightly coloured paintings, and on one side is a large, lengthy mirror to extend the feel of space within the otherwise tight cafe.

Food here is friendly, fresh and considerably healthier than what is on offer from other cafes. The portion sizes aren't ridiculous, nor drenched in oil/dressing/fries/sauces etc etc. Each dish was filling nonetheless.
Zucchini Fritters with Cumin

First up was AL's Zucchini Fritters. These had a distinct cumin flavour and were a pure delight to eat. I would've loved to have ordered that dish myself.Steak Sammich

HL was starving off his face by the time we had arrived, and as AL correctly guessed, he chose the Steak Sandwich, which was an epic mound of filling on an open turkish bread. Judging by the speed he ate it, it must've been good.Chicken and Mushroom Pie

Both VH and I had the Chicken and Mushroom Pie. I don't know why, but I was seriously in the mood for pastry that day, and the Chicken and Mushroom from Red Door just hit the spot. It was heavily flavoured in oregano, which I personally didn't mind, but it was very potent indeed.
Omelette with Chorizo, Onion and Tomato with Olive Tapenade

JL chose the Chorizo Omelette, which is an old favourite of mine. We shared our dishes, and while I loved the spicy chorizo in the omelette, JL found the omelette to be a bit bland overall.

This was our very last restaurant visit before we headed back to Sydney. As we drove away from our holiday house, a tinge of sadness set upon everyone as we realised that the next set of visitors had already moved in. Oh well, it's not like we can't come back?

Red Door Cafe
134 The Mall
Leura, NSW 2780
Tel: (02) 4784 1328

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