Date visited: 6th May 2012
The Cuckoo Restaurant is located in the Dandenong Ranges, and is known most for being a smorgasbord restaurant for tourists. We stopped by yesterday after a trip to the National Rhododendron Gardens to view autumn leaves =D
Initially we planned to have the Devonshire tea for $10pp but after walking by the buffet of gorgeous desserts set up for the afternoon tea, we changed our minds and decided to go for that instead =P ($25 pp). The place was dimly lit with Bavarian decor and red-checkered tablecloths - it reminded me of one of the restaurants we visited in Germany. The waitresses were even wearing traditional costumes.
|Cute table setting|
|Cheese and crackers|
We all wondered why there were so many carbohydrates out, mainly bread-based - all of which would make you feel full too fast. (Sorry for the somewhat dark photos - it was dimly lit but because the actual buffet lights were bright, my camera flash refused to come on >:S)
|Cakes and pastries|
|Jellies and some gluten free desserts|
We were a bit early for the afternoon tea (3.30pm-6pm) so when we were seated, they only had the desserts out but not the savouries. No matter, we raided the cakes and pastries first! The four of us mainly had similar desserts, so I will just post some of the different ones we had.
Loved the wurst! Juicy and very tasty, slightly chewy inside with slightly crispy skin.
Last but not least, our final desserts.
|MerlinFan's first dessert - apple strudel, chocolate cake, spongecake, cheese|
|Cheese & crackers, REALLY yummy apple strudel|
|Mum's crumble, cream, custard, pavlova, chocolate cake|
|My second dessert - chocolate cake, some sort of sponge cake, cheesecake, pavlova|
OMG at this point the desserts got sooo sweet it was time for a change of palate! Thank goodness by now the savouries were out.
|Clockwise from top: Wurst (sausage), doughnut, pizza, ?meatball (that tasted like Indian spices!), potato|
|Herbed ham on baguette, smoked salmon on rye bread, crackers|
|MerlinFan's green theme - pavlova, kiwi fruit, lime jelly, rock melon|
|My red theme - watermelon, blueberry spongecake, raspberry jelly|
Lovely huge range of desserts - I'm sure everyone will find something to their liking. Later in the afternoon, there was also live music and singing.
It's a tad bit pricey for $25 but for those sweet-tooths, it's worth dropping by if you happen to be in the Dandenong Ranges, even just for the fun experience.
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