While spending a week away with colleagues is interesting, it can get a bit repetitive if you’re eating the same old thing all the time. So on my arrival to The Blue Mountains I did a little research and found a couple of veg friendly places I was keen to check out.
On our second day I found out there were two other vegetarians and one vegan in the group and suddenly I had diners keen to join me! Word got out that I had picked out a vegetarian restaurant and to my surprise, even a few of the meat-eaters joined us.
The Grey Duckling, only open for a few months, is a small eatery on the main street serving hearty home-cooked vegetarian dinners. The building is cleverly co-leased so by day it’s a separate cafe which made it a little tricky to find – they tell me proper signage is on the way.
The bonus of having so many dining pals is that you get to try a bit of everything. After we got settled, while I sipped on the homemade lemonade, we were given sharing plates of olive bread, cheese and a tahini. And then it was time for mains – this is the borsch and olive bread.
Not on the menu was this pumpkin, asparagus and orange salad – beautifully presented with edible flowers.
My favourite meal was the lasagna vert – I’ll admit I may have had a little dish envy, wishing I had ordered this myself.
There’s always room for dessert, and thankfully some others at the table agreed. In front is the warm pineapple and rosemary (without ice cream) and in the back is the banana split.
My dessert was the vanilla cake with chocolate ganache, sprinkles of bee pollen and honey cream. A total wow treat. The cake was very light which worked perfectly with the rich chocolate and cream.
I’m so glad I found this spot and even better that a bunch of people came with me so I could try a lot of the menu. I’d love to go back again for another meal – perhaps it’s time to book in a relaxing weekend in the Mountains.