Here's the ridddle:
On a peculiar day,
We drove down a black lane.
We were looking for a boat,
But the roads were insane.
So narrow and black,
We could hardly see,
But we found a place,
For our car to be!
We walked and found the boat that we sought,
And it was more beautiful than we had ever thought!
Why you ask, did we go so out of the way?
Because it happened to be my happy birthday!
Birthday flowers, wattles could be the way?
Just something light and fun would make my day.
So take a guess, my learned friend,
Where did we dine that night?
I know you're smart and wont take too long,
To guess this delicious site!
[So there it is, see if you can figure it out! I have something special for the first ten of you!]
Luckily my sister made a booking because the restaurant was packed! We ordered our food quickly as we were starving and we were soon brought a bowl of sourdough bread with a nice big tub of creamy butter and a glass of sea salt flakes.
The sourdough was lovely, so fluffy and fresh that we ended up ordering another bowl!
We welcomed a nice big plate of Hand Cut Chips, my hands trembled all the way to picking one up--
Trembling with delight I daresay, this chip was one fascinating chip and a delight on my lips!
It was so crispy on the outside and sooo fluffy on the inside-- you see, I have a thing for fat chips. There is something really satisfying about eating them...I like chips to either be super chunky, or super skinny but that's just me.
Dad got this, it was the Roast Snapper chilling out in a buttery bean type of sauce- not too sure exactly what it was tbh and it was a special of the day so I can't even find out from their website. Anyway, I did try a bit, and seem to remember the fish was very fresh though the sauce was nothing memorable. Overall it was pretty average.
Another fish was the Roast Cone Bay Barramundi that Mum ordered, but this time chilling on top of roasted carrots, hazelnuts and roast chicken juices. I liked this combo better, I think the hazelnuts and carrot gave it some textural effect and flavour and I found that it balanced the mild taste of the fresh snapper.
Ah the big fat king of the sea. What is this you ask? A special kind of pie (house favourite). I must admit I had never had this kind of pie before, I am more of a crust top crust bottom kind of girl, but this was something else entirely! Imagine this- giant fish pie, like humongous say 3/4 the size of a football! And when I got my knife and tore into the super flaky and crispy top of my pie which I almost forgot to mention was infused with TRUFFLE OIL, I was in fish heaven. The crunch, the truffle aroma...and when we dug in further...
What did I find? I found a silky broth of chunks of fresh fish, smoked tomato and mashed potatoes. Mind you, it was very hot so be careful. Maybe wait about 10 minutes before eating it because you might burn your tongue like I did which might spoil the rest of your meal, not me though because I'm awesome haha and I just noticed something...that almost all the mains we ordered were seafood! I guess it was a boathouse if you paid attention to my poem heh. Though thinking about it more, one of my sisters did actually order a steak which turned out pretty lousy. She had ordered it medium rare turned out to be more like blue. Urgh so gross, but luckily they were helpful and cooked it a bit longer for us and even after they fixed it up, it was still only average. So if you decide to visit, stick with the seafood and you'll be fine.
Another wondrous dish was the Brussel Sprouts dressed in not the usual way whatever that may be, for us it soy sauce, but instead this was dressed in...bacon cream! I wish I had that cool mobile emoticon atm, you know the funny one with the yellow face holding hands up to face with mouth wide open and a blueish hue to face? Hahaha yep it was good, the cream was fragrant not to mention the ooozy soft boiled egg they shoved in the middle for extra delightfulness which I mixed and messed into the rest of the dish haha it was fun!
Mm...I can't really remember what this dish was- I can't find it on their menu online which lemme just say is qualified because this was such a boring dish. Not only was it boring but it didn't even taste good. Let me explain. There was broccolini which tasted boiled, topped with a blob of goats cheese- that was decent, and drizzled with some sort of tomato salsa oil type thing. FAIL,
In any case, most of the foods were very delicious and we proceeded to desssert!
Contrary to that weird dish, soon came our desserts. I just have to say- this boat HAS SUBLIME DESSERTS. Even more sublimeness when out came a romantically candle lit dessert-the Pistachio Cannoli. WHO did this? My sweet sister :) My candle was sitting on top of rhubarb ripple ice cream and salted caramel. This combo worked surprisingly well together, I think the sourness of the rhubarb and the sweetness of the fluffy pistachio cream. I really liked that cream.
When the candles faded, singing faded, cannoli faded and my blush faded...came the Banana Souffle- another house special! If you don't know souffle, think giant banana flavour muffin but much fluffier and cooked in a cute iron cast pan! I must admit I was super excited when I first heard there was banana, cause I usually like my bananas, but I dunno..this was very light and the banana flavour really mild, and it tasted, i dunno, kinda bland. But that's just me- I'm sure other people would like it. I did like the peanut and chocolate ice-cream though, it was very rich and creamy and so much so that I experimented with a bit, by digging a hole into the centre of the souffle and popping the ice-cream in, haha it was fun to watch it ooze into the souffle walls and achieve the balance I was looking for! :D
This however, was the highlight dessert of the night and my personal favourite. So pretty in pink was the Buttermilk Pannacotta topped with watermelon granita and strawberries.
Only qualm was that the strawberries weren't that fresh...we are strawberry snobs you see. But it was still, delicious as can be! :)
My other sister's birthday is coming up...and I am crazily racking my brain for ideas. I want something that is fancy, not degustation fancy, more like Pendolino fancy, not too noisy- like a mild chatter, and most importantly serving meats or Italian. I would appreciate hearing any ideas you may have!