Find out why Amanda’s in the Hunter Valley is an iconic restaurant
If you have ever paid a visit to Amanda’s on the Edge, you will recognise the restaurant as one that is built like a home. And after getting the chance to chat with the down to earth owner, Amanda Patton, it definitely is by no mistake.
Amanda’s on the Edge has been offering a unique fine dining experience for over 21 years and the initial inspiration for the restaurant is everlastingly evident. Amanda told us,
“It was always my dream to have a restaurant that feels like a country home”. Amanda - Owner
The restaurant was built by Amanda and her family to replicate a country home. And they have certainly succeeded there. The different dining spaces feel like the rooms of a house, there is a homely vibe. You can even sit on the home’s verandah overlooking the vines that Amanda’s brother planted back when they first bought the property.
It has definitely been a family journey with the love for food starting back when Amanda was a little girl and her mum used to run a cooking school out of her home.
And it’s that passion, sticking to her inspiration and the consistent quality of the food that has allowed Amanda’s on the Edge to be a success for this long.
We chatted to a couple who were enjoying lunch on the verandah and their loyalty was a clear display of the success of Amanda’s. They passionately spoke of the quality service, the consistently delicious meals and the fact that
“...you just feel so welcome...they make you feel at home”. Anthea and David Colley - customers for 20 years.
Of course, we had to confirm these glowing reviews for ourselves, so we settled in for a meal.
The menu has had a bit of change from the previous a la carte offering, and is now a 3 course meal. For $110pp we had 6 options to choose from for each serving of entrée, main and dessert - plus a quality bottle of Hunter Valley wine.
We went with seafood options for our entrée and both the garlic king prawns and the crab and snapper filled ravioli with champagne butter - were sensational.
For the main I couldn’t go past the gluten free thrice cooked duck with plum compote on sautéed leek and crunchy potatoes - one of their signature dishes. I am always a sucker for a duck dish and this certainly didn’t disappoint.
The crème brûlée with fresh berries and shortbread is another signature dish...well according to the few regulars we spoke with. And it wasn’t just enjoyable because of that satisfying crack of the caramelized sugar, but the taste - my mouth is watering just writing this!
This is my third time dining at Amanda’s, and I can attest, every time the food and service has been fantastic.
There is also an extensive vegetarian menu available, and the takeaway option available via WOWAPPS is a really great option if you have young kids, want to stay in or head somewhere for a picnic.
So whether Amanda’s on The Edge is new to you or you have already experienced this Hunter Valley Icon - put this one on your must do list!