The Wintergarden at the Hydro Majestic
Hydro Majestic Hotel, Great Western Hwy
02 4780 3301
Located within the mystical Blue Mountains, the refurbished Hydro Majestic Hotel is affectionately known as the ‘Palace in the Wilderness’. Within its hallowed halls is Wintergarden, an enchanting restaurant that whisks you away to another world.
Head Chef, Mate Herceg, said that ‘everyone has a story’ about the magical hotel. He made his start in a kitchen at a small catering company in Sydney. He completed his apprenticeship at the Sebel Parramatta, where he struck up a friendship with then Executive Chef, Ralf Bruegger. Today, the two work together to make dining dreams come true at the Wintergarden.
Mate describes the food he serves at Wintergarden as ‘wholesome and honest’, and aims to celebrate the true flavours of the produce in a way that is authentic and humble. He sources his ingredients from local and regional producers wherever possible, recognising the importance of culinary sustainability. All seafood used is Australian, and berries and vegetables are generally sourced from within a 100-mile radius of the restaurant.
Some of his favourite includes Mandagery Creek venison, duck from Pepe’s Ducks in Windsor, Trunkey bacon and pork from Orange, and 60-day dried rib- eye steak from Dulwich Hill. Farms around Badgerys Creek and Bringelly provide the Asian vegetables, and the eggs are sourced from Llandilo, near Penrith.
The high quality of the ingredients means that the food served here is a sincere appreciation of local produce. This is clear through the variety of dishes, such as the pickled heirloom beetroot served with burrata, spiced pecan and beetroot meringue; the grain-fed beef tenderloin with marrow and salted silverbeet Diane sauce; and the crispy pork belly with green pepper relish, pea tartare, onions and pan jus. Fresh, sustainable and quite frankly, delicious – what more could you ask for?
To fulfil your sweet cravings, try the textures of chocolate with dark chocolate mousse, feuilletine, milk chocolate cremeux, chocolate soil and petites macarons; or the white chocolate parsnip semifreddo with truffle butter disk, Cointreau apples, candied apple skins and raspberry dust.
The food fantasies don’t end there. Wintergarden also offers High Tea every day of the week. Choose from three menus; the Wintergarden High Tea, the Eastern High Tea and the Gluten Free High Tea. Regardless of your choice, you’re sure to be whirled away to another land where petite pastries and sweet desserts are abundant, and fragrant tea and coffee flows freely. For the little tuckers, there’s also a Children’s High Tea available.
While enjoying Mate’s fantastical creations, bask in the breathtaking scenery of the Blue Mountains region. With a large, ornate fireplace and beautiful art deco–style furnishings, the Wintergarden is what dreams are made of.
Come to experience some of the best food of the region at the Wintergarden, and stay to be transported to a faraway place where you can leave your troubles behind.