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For such a long time now, we had dreamed of attending an event that consisted of long communal tables of great food, beautiful wines and fantastic company of new friends. Our foodie dreams came true when we were invited to such a special event, Mavis's Opera at Mavis's Kitchen & Cabins in Uki recently. A day of celebration for Italy's Republic Day filled with Italian food, beverages and opera just down the road from the magnificient Mount Warning.

It was our first time visiting the property of Mavis's Kitchen and we were most definitely wowed by the charm of the entire place, from the restaurant to the grounds including the amazing vegetable garden. The property is adorned with full-fruited citrus trees alongside the grassy banks. But back to the vegetable gardens for a moment.. talk about green with envy. The gardens at Mavis's Kitchen are abundent with every herb known, as well as many varieties of vegetables. It is the perfect cook's kitchen garden.

Hard to imagine that just a few months earlier, the entire property was under water and suffering quite badly from the early 2017 floods. Apart from the signs of fallen logs overcrowding the nearby creeks, they have managed to restore the property to all of it's glory. Just in time for the most amazing event - Mavis's Opera, the first event to be held on the grounds since the terrible floods.

On arrival to the event, we were greeted with an open air bar for the opening scene. Each guest was given an Aperol Spritz to enjoy in the winter's sunshine as we mingled with old friends and new friends. Then along came the first of the delicious foods to feast on. Two Cheese Arancini Balls & Crostini with Tapenade. The arancini were addictive and we may have eaten more then we should have but only because they were so moorish, crunchy on the outside and oozy cheesey goodness in the middle.

In the background we could hear the soft tones of the start of the operatic music playing down in the green pastures where the three long communal tables were positioned, ready to host many hungry guests. The excitement was building because we knew we were in for a very scrumptious afternoon.

As we found our seating places, we were greeted by familiar faces and met new friends from interstate. Shortly after being seated, the beatuiful Julia Allsop took to the stage to perform Act One - "O mio Babbino Caro" and the whole atmosphere of the event came about. Waitstaff began bringing down Antipasto Platters from the kitchen. Filled with mounds of thinly sliced proscuitto, salami, lonza, pickled fennel, warm olives and cheeses accompanied with the most delicious freshly baked breads.

A small break happened after the platters came out where we got to talk more with the new friends that were seated around us, it was interesting to speak to interstate visitors on what they thought of the food scene on the Gold Coast. White & Red Wines and local Stone & Wood beers were flowing from the bar as we celebrated Italian Republic Day.

The Second Act - "Voi lo Sapete" began as the second course came to the tables. Stuffed Mushrooms with shallots, tarragon and pecorino cheese, served on a bed of warm polenta. These were absolutely delizioso, that's Italian for delicious. Meaty mushrooms that were full of flavour topped with that crunchy cheesy topping, we had almost forgotten this course had no meat involved. We possibly did go back for seconds but shhh that's our little secret.

In the distance we saw Head Chef Pepe attending to the suckling pigs on a spit that had been cooking for many hours over hot firey coals. A very rustic way of cooking meats but it proved to bring the most flavour to the beast, that was evident when we tasted the third course. The Main Act - "Vedrai Carino" as written by Mozart. Platters of the meat from the Suckling Pigs including crispy pork crackling were served with Roasted Potatoes and dishes of tasty Caponata Sauce to accompany the succulent pork. We feasted like Italian kings and queens!

As the sun slowly crept down behind the mountains, the sunset began to show and the temperature dropped as we huddled with blankets. It was like nature was working perfectly in time to create the atmosphere of the event. Guests by this time were merry and happy to celebrate this beautiful day together, including singing Happy Birthday to the few celebrating their special days.

Opera would not be opera if there was no final act.. and so began the Final Act - "Quando m'en vo". It was time for dessert and there is no better Italian dessert like Tiramisu served with Biscotti. Glasses filled with freshly whipped cream, coffee flavoured soaked sponge and chocolate. Hot coffee and a beautiful range of local Madura tea was also on offer to warm up guests.

Even though it was a winter's afternoon and we were feeling the chill in the air, this event at Mavis's Kitchen left us feeling warm and full. Dining at communal tables in the open air, whilst enjoying the sounds of beautiful opera and delicious food & wines, is something that we highly reccommend anyone doing.

Make sure that you check the calendar of events at Mavis's Kitchen regularly as they are holding more and more events every season. Gather a group of friends together and make a day of it, it will create lasting memories for all who attend. Or if you cannot make it to one of their events, make sure you come and check them out for lunch or dinner or coffee & cake sometime in the restaurant. Or make it extra special and stay the night in one of their cabins.

Thank you to Kristal and the whole entire team at Mavis's Kitchen & Cabins for inviting us to this event, we had the most amazing time and we cannot wait to bring our friends back for future events.



64 Mount Warning Road
UKI NSW 2484

Phone Number  
02 6679 5664 for enquiries & reservations
Opening Hours  

Open 5 days a week

Wednesdays to Sundays - 9am to 11:30am

Wednesdays to Sundays - from 11:30am

Saturdays (A la Carte) - from 5:30pm
Fridays (Tapas) - from 5:30pm

Coffee & Cake:
Wednesdays to Sundays - 9am to 11am and from 2pm

CLOSED Mondays & Tuesdays

*All times are shown in NSW time which is 1 hr ahead during Qld daylight saving time from October to April.


Information in this review is correct as of 03 June 2017. Price or menu changes may occur without notice. Also opening hours may change without notice. We advise always check with the venue first before booking or attending this venue.

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