A sirloin steak for lunch with the best gluten free mushroom sauce ever
If you're after a place that serves delicious cafe style food for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Blue Mountains, look no further than The Hatters Cafe in Katoomba. With friendly staff, a great atmosphere, and gluten free options on the menu; it is a favourite with both locals and visitors to the region.
The steak sandwich on Turkish bread is very filling and tasty
As someone who likes to go for a day trip to the Blue Mountains whenever I can, it's reassuring to have somewhere that I know I can sit down for lunch and enjoy a hearty gluten free meal. The menu is clearly marked with a 'gf' symbol for those meals that are gluten free, and if the staff are unsure about anything they are happy to go and check with the chef. A house made potato rosti with fresh salmon and lemon chive cream cheese served with a salad, or the beef sirloin steak (which actually comes with a choice of gluten free sauces) have been my favourite choices so far. If, like me, you are a fan of mushroom sauce with your steak, then you need to try it here. Thick and creamy and loaded with mushrooms, it is the best mushroom sauce I have ever tasted.
Inside is warm and inviting
For those who aren't restricted by intolerances, the menu offers an even greater range of choices. The steak sandwich is a classic choice that is hard to say no to, but you can also have a mushroom risotto, beer battered fish and chips, braised lamb pie, and many more delectable meals. This is true cafe food - warm, hearty, and something that will appeal to everyone.
The quirky wall art helps the café live up to its name
The Hatters is also open for breakfast, and has the usual items one would expect from a place like this. Muffins baked daily, croissants, banana bread, bacon and eggs, and even a gluten free muesli are all available. Or if you want something a little different, try the Italian style scrambled eggs, or the PLT: pancetta, greens and roast tomato with aioli on Turkish pide.
Be sure to check the chalkboards for daily specials
There's also a separate menu for kids that includes such tempting items like chicken nuggets with chips and salad; soup of the day; calamari and chips, or toasted Turkish bread sandwiches. Those needing to satisfy a sweet tooth have a large number of items to choose from, including sticky date pudding with warm caramel sauce, lemon and lime curd tart, chocolate hazelnut black cherry torte and gluten free friands. It's worth keeping an eye on the blackboards too, as daily specials are written up there and can include dessert treats or hot chocolate made from real chocolate.
The Hatters Cafe is a fun place to eat, as well as having good food. It gets its name from the artwork on the walls. Local residents pose for photographs in weird, wacky and wonderful hats. It might sound a little strange, but these photographs are so captivating, and they seem to tell a story at a glance. It's wonderful to have something so unique to look at while you're waiting for your food to be served.
The Hatters Café is a reliable place for quality breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
The Hatters Cafe is the place I always choose to eat when I'm in Katoomba. Just remember if you do go, it is quite a popular place. If you go exactly at lunch time, you'll meet the lunch time rush. Staff are well equipped at handling the rush, but it does mean you might not get a seat. However, The Hatters is popular for a reason, and if you do manage to get there and grab a table, it is well worth it.
Where: 197 Katoomba Street Katoomba NSW
Why: For good café style food, and for the gluten free options.
Cost: Prices range depending on what you order, but are what you'd expect from a café.
When: Open 7 days from 8:00am. Dinner begins from 5:00pm
Good for kids: Yes, they'll love the special kids menu
Take away: No