Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 27, 2021
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Where to eat when in New South Wales

Dr Andrew Kirk stumbles on the perfect birthday dinner in Australia's Blue Mountains

It was almost the end of our vacation Down Under, and there Carol and I were in Katoomba, in the heart of Australia's misty Blue Mountains. We were due to drive back to Sydney the following day to catch our flight to snowy Saskatoon.

It also happened to be my birthday and Carol wanted to treat me to dinner. It was just after lunch when we noticed the sign for Niche Nosh Vegetarian Restaurant. We stopped in and asked the woman preparing food when they'd be open for dinner. She told us they were already open and we certainly would have tried the lunch menu if we hadn't already eaten. We assured her we'd be back.

At dinner time we were two of about 10 or 12 diners. Everyone seemed to have arrived at about the same time and the owner came out and gave us all a little presentation about what was available that evening.

As well as the regular items on the menu, there were several "this night only" specials. Our mouths watered just listening to his descriptions. I chose a type of Mexican pie filled with beans and cheese, and Carol had shepherd's pie. Both were absolutely delicious -- and the chocolate cake was superb.

It soon became apparent that part of the appeal of the place was its family-run atmosphere. The man describing and serving the meals was the husband of the woman preparing them. Their teenaged son even showed up later to help out.

For me, the true test of an excellent vegetarian restaurant is whether Carol, who's not vegetarian, even notices the lack of meat. She didn't. It was a thoroughly enjoyable birthday dinner.

Niche Nosh Vegetarian Restaurant
8-10 Katoomba Street
Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia
(011-61-2) 4782-1622
Dinner for two under $30


Dr Andrew Kirk is a neurologist in Saskatoon.

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