Lush gar­dens, de­li­cious food

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Dining - Julie Ivy

Stilts is nes­tled in lush gar­dens, a wel­come re­treat from sub­ur­ban life.

The sun glim­mers on the ocean just a short stroll from where we sit, leav­ing us feel­ing in­stantly in hol­i­day mode and ea­ger to in­dulge in a late break­fast on a lazy Satur­day morn­ing.

The beau­ti­ful sur­rounds and mu­sic take the joy of eat­ing up a notch.

We were greeted warmly by Louise and of­fered the op­tion of be­ing seated in­side the restau­rant or in the gar­den.

Af­ter pe­rus­ing the menu on a comfy chair by the fire, the gar­den and sun­shine beck­oned.

We moved out­side to relax in the dap­pled shade of the well-es­tab­lished trop­i­cal gar­dens.

There are some re­ally tempt­ing de­lights on of­fer.

My friend and I de­cided to start with a small serve of pan­cakes and a pot of English break­fast tea.

De­li­ciously fluffy on the in­side and golden brown on the out­side, my pan­cakes were teamed beau­ti­fully with berry com­pote.

My friend chose a great com­bi­na­tion of fresh lemon and maple syrup, which she said was de­light­ful. Both were served with vanilla ice cream and de­voured with gusto.

Stilts also of­fers a reg­u­lar serve of pan­cakes, but the small serve would be per­fect for chil­dren or those, like us, who want to try more than one dish.

The jaw-stretch­ing ul­ti­mate break­fast sand­wich boasts a ten­der, mouth-wa­ter­ing, minute steak, two rash­ers of ba­con, a per­fectly fried egg and bar­be­cue sauce. This hearty sand­wich was packed with flavour and didn’t dis­ap­point.

It is also avail­able to take away if you’re just pass­ing through.

My friend or­dered the tomato, basil and moz­zarella muf­fin, which was se­ri­ously good. Straight from the oven and burst­ing with flavour, this muf­fin had a per­fectly moist, light and fluffy cen­tre. One bite and our con­ver­sa­tion slowed to a crawl.

Af­ter in­dulging in our leisurely Satur­day break­fast, we left re­laxed and con­tent and ready to em­brace the week­end.

The warmer months ahead will be the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to en­joy a sump­tu­ous meal with friends in the pic­turesque set­ting Stilts of­fers.

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