Fortnums in Sassafras
I have visited beautiful Sassafras many times but I have never been to Fortnums. Last week circumstance, and an invitation from my Mum, intervened and I found myself eating lunch there.
Autumn in the Dandenong Ranges is really not to be missed. It is oh so achingly beautiful with the always beautifully treed surrounds popping on their party shoes and best frocks and really glamming it up for a Season.
“Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled.
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away,
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.”
From “October” by Robert Frost
Sassafras is probably the tourist mecca with so many sweet, character filled cafes, gift shops and galleries. Certainly the main street seems to be very busy no matter what time of year I visit.
The main dining room at Fortnums was quite enchanting despite its busyness. Glass windows on three sides the building does an amazing job of letting the natural beauty from outside, in.
I planned on ordering scones with jam and cream ($9.50 for two) but was then distracted by the Meatloaf with vegetables and gravy ($20.90). I think the whole tourist thing went to my head because this is not how I would normally order but the meal was very tasty in a wholesome, old fashioned kind of way.
We also tried the pumpkin soup which was creamy and tasty and served with lovely white bread and butter. And the Chicken pie.
We chased all this down with a Mini berry filled Pavlova ($10.90).
This was tasty, touristy dining in an enchanting and generous dining room. The service was sincere and polite even though the restaurant was completely packed out and they were also setting up for a wedding that night.
Visit for the views and the good old fashioned glass observatory vibe.
Be sure to pop into the Olinda and Sassafras Sweet Co afterward. I only have one Pear drop left from my visit and I am not happy about it. They are oh, so delicious.
395 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras VIC 3787
Phone:(03) 9755 1200