Lured by Leura Garage

Looking for a cosy, low-key Sunday night dinner, pizza and parfait in an old mechanic's garage are just the ticket.

Australia's favourite food blogger, Not Quite Nigella, aka Lorraine Elliott takes Mr NQN out for a scrumptious birthday dinner of chorizo pizza and fish tagine.

"Why can’t we ever do nothing?” Mr NQN always asks me.

"Because there are always a thousand things to do” I always answer him.

"But boredom is good for creativity” he argues.

"Yes but a result of creativity is more work!” I counter.

I couldn’t argue much further because it was Mr NQN’s birthday weekend and when he asked to do nothing, I was secretly quite glad. I had managed a nap for two and a half hours (at that length, is that really just a sleep?) and after rousing for some afternoon tea, even he thought that we ought to get out and do something. Jumping in the car, we make our way to Leura Mall where we poke our heads in and out of shops and on the recommendation of @lokified and Girl Next Door, pop into Leura Cellars to buy some craft beers for friends.

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I ask Mr NQN where he would like to eat this Sunday night. We’ve had fine dining at Eucalypt and I think he wanted something more casual and one where we could go to bed early as we had a 6:30am start the next day, so I suggested Leura Garage, just opposite the Leura railway tracks and just off the main mall. I call up and am told that they don’t take bookings. Apparently, 6pm is their peak time too so we’ll just have to wing it that evening.

Arriving at 5:45pm, all traces of the sun have almost disappeared and the backdrop is a deep, dark blue. Leura Garage is in a white concrete building that was originally a garage mechanics called Railway Garage. In homage to the building’s previous ownership (and I do love a theme) there are displays of tyres, exhaust pipes and there are even wrenches worked into the flooring.

French-German chef Mischa Laurent uses local ingredients in the environmentally designed restaurant. A display of house made jams, olives and honey sit alongside imported European items. We are offered a choice of seating alongside the booth and blankets that smell like Eucalyptus, the latter that I gratefully accept.

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