I don't usually write reviews for the blog these days, but Mr P. and I were so happy with our lunch at Myrtille (French for blueberry) that I just had to write one! I know many of you lovely readers are not from this area, but you can get a feel for this charming place. Hubby and I headed off to Toowoomba for a weekend break, he to attend a building designers' awards night, and both of us to enjoy my post-birthday lunch.
‘Twas a very foggy, rainy, grey day when we headed out to Crow’s Nest for lunch. Thank goodness Mr P. had booked, ‘cos lots of folks were being turned away, as the place was hopping. The bistro is in a historical 1906 building which has been renovated beautifully; the restaurant has dark blue (blueberry like the name) walls with lovely lights and lots of glass doors and high windows. A bar runs along one side; there are tables inside and out, and don’t forget the pâtisserie next door!
We ate: parmesan gougère with truffled egg and scallops for me, and hubby had housemade baguette with garlic thyme butter. Both were excellent, and I was very happy to have a wee bit of the 500 gram (1 lb) truffle from the Granite Belt. The eggs were creamy, the scallops were sweet, and his bread and butter was generous. We both chose the beef cheeks en daube, which was melt in your mouth, pull-apart with a spoon (yes they gave us a spoon too for the saucy bits). The Paris mash was divinely creamy and buttery and delicious, though I have to say the greens didn’t do anything for me. I thought they were a bit too crunchy, though hubby thought they were fine. I guess the dark green stuff was kale - the devil’s work :-) - so I left that to its own devices after a chew on its evil, green heart. Even though we were full, dessert was on the cards so I had an affogato with Frangelico, and I stole a few big spoonfuls of his (our) white chocolate mousse with blueberries, and passionfruit and sponge, oh and a wonderful birthday sparkler for moi!
Service was wonderful, prompt, efficient and warm. The atmosphere was lovely, the décor was sophisticated, and the food Frenchy and fabulous. And the menu changes regularly according to the produce available. (The toilets are interesting with a plethora of choices, as I said to hubby when he went off after me. At least the urinal was in a cubicle, thank heavens!) And they offered me a doggy bag for my uneaten beef, which was much appreciated. In fact, several diners were given them, so clearly the serves are generous. Well worth the road trip to get there, foodie people. And you can do a wee bit of shopping in the lovely stores also in the building. One of them had a gorgeous and wonderfully warm fireplace going. Crow's Nest is one of the High Country Hamlets after all, so it gets cold!
|baguette with garlic thyme butter|
|parmesan gougere, truffled eggs and scallops|
|beef cheek en daube|
|looking to the bar|
|moi, Mr P. and a birthday sparkler|
|affogato with Frangelico|
|white chocolate mousse, passionfruit,|
sponge and blueberries (pre-sparkler)
|exterior and sign|
|lovely old building|
|looking up and out|
|on Pipeline Road|
Myrtille Bistro: Nolan's Block, 1 Thallon Street, New England Highway, Crow's Nest QLD
Ph: 07 4698 4164