Echoes Restaurant & Bar
Lilianfels Ave, Katoomba
02 4782 1966
From your seat in the dining room, it may seem like Echoes Restaurant & Bar is perched at the edge of the world.
Sitting on the absolute verge of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the world-class restaurant pairs panoramic views of the Jamison Valley with elegant Australian fare, creating a dining experience that will stick with you.
Echoes Restaurant is part of the sophisticated Echoes Boutique Hotel, one of Katoomba’s finest accommodation options. It’s owned by Escarpment Group, along with the neighbouring Lilianfels Resort & Spa, Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges at Blackheath and the famous Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath, each of which uniquely immerses guests in the spectacular Blue Mountains landscape.
The current building was designed by Peter Doreen, and built in 1990 as a retreat for Australian writer, Thomas Keneally. During the years, it evolved from a luxury bed and breakfast to a thriving hotel and restaurant, becoming one of the first guesthouses in the area to also offer award-winning cuisine.
The Restaurant and Bar continues to be at the forefront of hotel dining, dishing up modern Australian cuisine with an Asian influence and celebrating fresh and local produce across both food and wine.
Head Chef, Manit Zangzinchai has been entrusted to continue its success. The Thai-born chef is no stranger to the kitchen, having worked in outstanding hotels across Thailand and Australia. He joined the team in 2008 and hasn’t looked back, combining his love of cooking with unprecedented access to fresh produce.
With a few select exceptions, everything that appears on the Restaurant’s menu is sourced from within an 160-kilometre radius of the kitchen. A large majority of fruit, vegetables and herbs come from the 6,000 square-metre edible garden at nearby Parklands; one of Escarpment Group’s other properties.
You’ll find all this and more on the diverse lunch and dinner menus. The reliance on seasonality means dishes are always changing, but the same respect for ingredients permeates throughout the year.
Come lunch or dinner in winter, you might be able to try the house-made Windsor duck liver pate with smoked asparagus, apple, freshly baked crisp bread and parmesan slaw, before moving onto the free-range Bannockburn chicken, wrapped in jamon and served with sweet potato and quinoa rosti, braised fennel, wild mushroom and truffle veloute; or the char-grilled Hunter Valley Angus tenderloin, accompanied by onion ham, Parklands baby vegetables and a red wine glaze.
Dessert might include a chocolate caramel tart with banana sorbet and hazelnuts from Orange, or a lemon creme brulee accompanied by coconut sorbet and fig and pistachio wafers.
The culinary offering is completed by Echoes Bar, where breathtaking views and cosmopolitan style meet. Here you can sip on anything from a glass of vintage champagne to a carefully crafted cocktail – the perfect way to spend your time pre- or post-dinner.
The Blue Mountains is a treasure trove of fantastic eating and drinking. Just 90 minutes from Sydney, Echoes Restaurant & Bar is a stalwart of the region’s culinary scene, offering fantastic Australian cuisine using the nest local ingredients.