Lilianfels Ave, Kat mba
02 4780 1200
Surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Mountains, you’ll find Lilianfels Resort & Spa. Inside is Darley’s Restaurant – a superb dining experience emphasising fresh, seasonal and locally grown produce. Here, artistry of food is combined with spectacular views to create an experience like no other.
As a teenager, Lee Kweiz was so inspired by his mother’s shepherd’s pie that he set out to become a chef. His love of food continued to grow when he joined the team at Maxwell’s Table in the New South Wales Hawkesbury region, before he travelled to Switzerland to work as the commis de cuisine at the five-star Dolder Grand Hotel. His adventures continued both overseas and in Australia, and when he became the executive chef of the Darley’s kitchen in 2012, he blended his international food knowledge to create a unique epicurean experience.
Lee’s worldly travels have led him to explore a vast range of ingredients and techniques to uncover his own personal style. While the emphasis of the menu at Darley’s is on fine dining, Lee’s philosophy regarding food is simple: hero humble, flavoursome produce.
Embracing local and regional produce, Lee is able to gather inspiration for his menus from the 6,000-square-metre kitchen garden at the Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges property. What can’t be found within the garden is sourced from regional suppliers in the surrounding area. From nasturtium flowers, kale and Dutch carrots, to quince, pears and plums, seasonal produce is a focus for Lee and his team.
This is what makes eating at Darley’s Restaurant so extraordinary; local produce is used to create simple food that’s full of avour, while maintaining a dedication to excellence. Both a la carte and degustation menus are available.
Choose from a wide range of dishes, such as the warm salad of Jerusalem artichokes, spring onions, sprout leaves, Jannei goat’s curd, and shaved Oberon truffle; pan-seared Thirlmere duck breast, salsify, charred baby leek, shaved rhubarb and spiced chutney sauce; and rare roasted Mandagery Creek venison loin, white organic beetroot, nasturtiums, chard puree, rosemary and pearl barley.
For dessert lovers, Darley’s Restaurant is a heavenly experience. The menu is sprinkled with treats such as citrus and burnt butter nancier with crisp meringue, lemon curd and sour cream ice cream; textures of Zokoko chocolate, malted banana ice cream and hazelnut praline; along with a range of local and international cheeses, served with quince paste, port-soaked muscatels and house-made lavosh.
With Lee’s culinary creativity, locally grown produce is transformed into elegant dishes, divinely presented and overflowing with what he calls the ‘yum factor’.
The innovative food is complemented by magnificent decor, including two open ornate fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and evocative artworks. Located within a refurbished heritage building in the Blue Mountains, Darley’s Restaurant is full of romantic, old world charm. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, contributing to the restaurant’s charming ambience.
When he’s not out foraging for local ingredients in the Parklands gardens, Lee is in the kitchen creating exquisite food. If you’re looking for humble, flavoursome food that doesn’t compromise on quality, Darley’s Restaurant is an absolute must-visit in the Blue Mountains.