Esk isn't as bushy as you might think there are plenty of sea-changers out there bringing a nice contemporary touch to a Picture-Esk village that's an easy day trip from Brisbane.
Don't blame me for the terrible pun it's on the sign as you drive in.
Chef Louise Davis has a 'real' job during the day but her real passion is food and besides who'd have thought you'd find a Cordon Bleu trained chef in Esk?
The restaurant is on her property about 8-10 Km from Esk central. You will need a car there is no public transport within coo-ee.
She offers a four course dinner on Friday/Sat/Sunday nights for $40, no I'm not kidding, and if you are happy pouring your own wine she doesn't charge corkage either!
The appetiser, entree and dessert are fixed and you have an extensive choice of mains.
The menu varies with what's in season and locally available. Louise and her partner Paul also grow a lot of produce on their property.
But it's once the ingredients are in the kitchen the magic starts leek and goats cheese tart, beef cheeks in an asian fusion dish just a couple of examples. It would be easy to classify the place as french but it's much more interesting than that.
It was a quiet night when we were there so we got to chat to Louise quite a bit between courses which just added to our enjoyment.
You'll need to think about making it a weekend trip but based on our experience it's time well spent.
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