Maleny restaurant compliment
19.03.2010 - 19.03.2010 26 °C
Suppertime March 19, 2010 in Maleny, Australia
Maleny restaurant called: The Up Front Club. Loved it. Why? It was welcoming and made good food.
I am traveling on my own, so I drove into town from the cottage I was staying at 5 km east of Maleny. I just drove slowly through town so as to get a first impression from any of the open restaurants (it is currently 5:30pm). I spotted one and drove into the first public parking spot I could find. It was about a ½ block down a lane. It was a well lit parking area and the lane was wide and short with public activity going on within sight. I felt okay.
I walked down the sidewalk and almost felt invited in by the ambiance. It has a hippie feel to it. There were tables and chairs in front of the restaurant, at the side of the restaurant, at the back of the restaurant and of course inside. I entered from a side opening – no door. It's a warm March 19 evening at 22 deg. C. There were musicians setting up in a small corner behind me as I waited to order. As they did a few test sounds, I could tell it was going to be relaxing but not put you to sleep, New Age type music with a beautiful flute sound. The young man behind the counter was so easy to talk to and willing to help me with my decisions. I wanted pasta as there was a Pasta of the day. Since the supper period had just started, he didn't know and asked me if he could leave me and go check it out. Behind him is an open view of the kitchen and all the people working back there. He came back and described the dish. Perfect for what I was in the mood for. I asked for an ale as I don't generally like lagers and all I could see before me were lagers shown in the cooler window below the counter. (there are also wine choices). He had two ales and recommended a Coopers sparkling ale – oh yes! I checked with him to see which table one person should sit at, and he said there were no rules except for the reserved table, and in fact pointed out an interesting table with four chairs at it. I paid for my meal and took my ale and table number to that table. I seated just outside of the said side entrance and have the musicians in front of me to the right about 20 ft. Within just the right amount of waiting time, the waitress brought over my pasta dish. It was homemade fettuccine with a fresh tomato sauce with just the right touch of onions and an excellent addition of good tasting black olives. The perfect balance of flavorings in this sauce. The pasta was cooked perfectly. What a comfortable suppertime I had.
I didn't want to be driving in the dark, as I am not so familiar with the roads around here and just want to reduce any risk associated with being in the dark. The dark comes on quick at this time of year. By 6:30 pm it is dark. So I did not linger for the music. I enjoyed my meal in comfort as I said, and wandered easily back to my car. The drive back is about 7 minutes. I am not available for any more meals there as I have other plans to move on, and so, this quick note on my laptop. I wish The Up Front Club much success.