The majestic Mt Warning rises from the rainforests of the Wollumbin State Forest and looms over Mavis’s Kitchen. Day-trippers heading to hike the summit, pass by the gates of Mavis’s empire, which includes a restaurant, a Providore, kitchen gardens and a range of accommodation options set on a gorgeous lush tropical property. The restaurant is in a restored Queenslander style house, which offers lovely views and helps catch a breeze on summer days. A smart business is a successful one, and Mavis’s Kitchen is definitely that. Why? Hungry hikers, even if they have eaten their packed lunch, will always want to stop at a café for something decadent as a treat for spending hours hiking a mountain. It’s embedded into the human psyche. And this is where Mavis’s shows it’s business savvy, advertising their “Devonshire Teas” on their sign outside. No thinking by would be diners, “do they, or don’t they serve scones?” Just a, “let’s do it!” As I mentioned in an earlier post, these guys run the Art Gallery Cafe at the Tweed Gallery, if you thought I messed up my images. It’s basically the same spread but with a few differences. The presentation is much cooler as scones arrive on a breadboard – tre rustic! The homemade scones are hearty, perfect for hikers coming off the mountain, and the jam is the same organic paw paw/pineapple/ginger variety, although my friend and I feel that it is tastier, but is that possible? The difference is in the cream. The firm i.e. not too light Chantilly cream gives the scones an extra little kick of sweetness. Open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and of course Devonshire Teas!
Tea: A variety of organic loose-leaf teas served in a small teapot.
Overall: A beautiful location conveniently close to the Mt. Warning walking path.
Location: Mavis’s Kitchen and Cabins, 64 Mount Warning Rd, Uki NSW 2484 Ph: 02 6679 5664
Reviewed April, 2015