The Polish Place
The Polish Place is like a fragment of traditional Polish village that was transplanted onto a ridge top of Tamborine Mountain thirty years ago, where it remains untouched by time. The result is a unique and quirky eagle’s nest dining experience involving wooden chalets, rainbow lorikeets, Chopin, hearty authentic Polish cuisine and the best views on the mountain.
Diners can take a seat al fresco on the paved terrace with jaw-dropping vistas and the odd dive bombing lorikeet or in the chalet dining room with embroidered table cloths, walls adorned with cow bells and costumes, ceramic chandeliers and a fireplace.
At lunchtime drop in for something light like the Polish soup or spring salad, fillet of matjes herring with light sour cream, apple onion and dill salad or deli platter for 2. Or fuel up after a nearby bushwalk with something hearty like Golonka (Pork hock baked with Polish beer and garlic herb butter), Pierogi (Polish dumplings), Golabek (cabbage rolls in tomato sauce) or Bigos z Kielbaska (divine sauerkraut and sausage).
Bring your appetite along for the signature dish, which is to be shared by 2 or 3 hungry diners – whole roast duck stuffed with Granny Smith apples and marjoram, accompanied by Polish gnocchi, red cabbage, sour cherries and apples. And, being licensed, the Polish Place has a good range of wines, traditional flavoured vodka and Polish beers to accompany.
Late afternoons the deck makes the perfect place to enjoy a sunset drink with a cheese or smallgoods platter. Visitors can also drop in for coffee or tea and cake including house specialty Rum Chocolate Torte. And worth checking out while there is the quaint onsite art gallery featuring Polish folk arts and crafts, from traditional folkloric dolls, feathered caps, rugs, handmade shoes, wood carvings, trinkets, rugs and jewellery.
Good to know - After a fire closed the original restaurant and shop for several years, it has been rebuilt in traditional style and the restaurant is open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm.
Need to know: The Polish Place is more than an iconic mountain restaurant - attached are a cluster of rustic wooden chalets, all with stunning views, wood fire stoves, in room spas and mezzanine bedrooms for overnight or longer stays.
333 Great Western Rd