Sunnny, rainy or socked-in, Leura shops and eateries are busy with visitors having fun. Saturday (19.3) was one of those 'you're gonna get it all'. . . A little of everything -- rain, a touch of sunshine and on the distant escarpment a hanging fog. So visitors were prepared. A parade of colourful umbrellas marched up and down The Mall and Megalong Street. Felt like watching a ballet: when the downpour eased, umbrellas closed -- momentarily. Then another downpour and umbrellas quickly opened. It has been a long month of rain and thick overcast, but still the visitors come to lovely Leura.
After a stop at Gifts n Things for a quick browse of lovely scarves on display, we headed up the hill to a favourite eatery -- HANA. Japanese Restaurant. 02 4784 1345 Open Tue-Sat, Lunch 12pm-3pm, Dinner 5:30[m - 9pm.
Hana Japanese is that little gem that locals love and visitors wish they had found. Located at the top of The Mall, just off the Great Western Highway roundabout, the quirky building resembles a 1970s ski lodge where my kids searched under tables for coins dropped by skiers. Today, you will find a crowd here - minus the skis - and empty tables are often rare. For dinner, we recommend bookings.
Today, it is my grandchildren who love the seafood selections and they always check out the 'specials board' for the daily menu changes - the freshest of seafood dictates the menu for Chef Takeshi Shabata. In the tiny kitchen, he creates some unique and authentic Japanese dishes you won't want to overlook. Our best recommendation is Takeshi-san's consistency in the cuisine he offers.
Hana maintains quality and modest pricing. Takeaway is also available. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Hana is a great option for families and is always crowded during school holidays.