Raw creative edge on Darley’s Restaurant menu, naturally
AN indulgent blend of seasonal Australian delicacies infused with the breath of a million square hectares of eucalyptus trees – Darley’s Restaurant executive chef Roy McVeigh’s menu takes fine dining to the raw creative edge.
Fresh from a stint as executive chef for Google HQ in Singapore, he continues the Darley’s tradition of serving the freshest produce sourced within a 100-mile radius wherever possible and served as a la carte or degustation menus.
``Most of my inspiration comes from nature,’’ he says. ``I try to find something that is seasonal and a little bit quirky and preferably new to work with.’’
As well as supporting local and regional suppliers, McVeigh uses ingredients from the kitchen gardens alongside the restaurant and the extensive garden at Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges at Blackheath.
Peach leaf, green pine cones, eucalyptus gel and bark have featured on his early menus for Darley’s Restaurant. Discerning diners looking for new ways to satisfy their palette can look forward to McVeigh’s interpretation of lovage, elderflower and sap soon.
``Little things that are quirky, keep my job interesting and me learning always appeal to me. Here at Lilianfels there’s little red and white sage flowers which I will use, and at some stage during winter we’ll use rose petals from the gardens around us.’’
McVeigh has a distinguished reputation of pushing boundaries in many high-end Sydney restaurants (including his own Dragoncello in Surry Hills) and international kitchens while retaining the standard of excellence only experienced in the finest restaurants such as Darley’s.
The multi-award winning Darley’s Restaurant is perched on the edge of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area just two minutes’ walk from Echo Point Lookout overlooking the Three Sisters rock formation. It is the only hatted restaurant in the Blue Mountains.
With views across the historic formal English gardens and the Jamison Valley escarpment in the background, the former home of NSW’s sixth Chief Justice Sir Frederick Darley within the 5-star Lilianfels Resort & Spa property is a sumptuous living history experience featuring gold and black handcrafted wallpaper, crystal chandeliers and sculptured velvet chairs. Show plates on crisp white linen create the perfect opulence for fine mood dining.