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Return of The Seafood Pasty at Aquacaf

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Published June 6th 2016
Enjoy a leisurely lunch while watching the river flow
Once upon a time, there was a cafe on the river, in Goolwa, that served a mouth-watering fish pasty.

The iconic Aquacaf has continued to offer relaxing river views, good service and tasty food but the current winter menu now offers a brand new version of 'The Pasty We Know and Love'.

The concept of seasonal food has merit in terms of sustainability as well as freshness and flavour, and Sally and John Dean are demonstrating their support for the concept with their Aqucaf seasonal menus.

I paid a visit last weekend to enjoy the river views and try out the winter menu.

River views
River views

My friend and I planned to settle in for a while so we decided to share a bottle of wine. The list includes a selection of wines from Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Kangaroo Island and further afield. We chose Currency Creek Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay which seemed to suit the sunny afternoon sparkles on the river.

Sparkling wine from Currency Creek
Sparkling wine from Currency Creek

I was tempted by a number of items on the new menu, including the 'Pie Floater', a house made lamb pie with pea and mint soup, topped with bush chutney. Though nothing tempted me quite as much as the pasty, made with local fish, prawns, smoked trout, potato, cheese and herbs, wrapped in house-made pastry.

My seafood pasty
My seafood pasty

The pastry was almost as good as my grandmother's and I loved the accompanying salad which had not only peppery nasturtium flowers, but also nasturtium leaves.

Chunky seafood pieces in a light, flakey pastry
Chunky seafood pieces in a light, flakey pastry

My considerate friend allowed me a taste of her dish; Warm Peking Duck Salad with soba noodles, brocollini, green beans, roast almonds, soy & sesame dressing. It was a divine combination of salty, crunchy flavours and garden fresh greens.

Warm Peking Duck Salad
Warm Peking Duck Salad

Sally tried her best to tempt us with dessert specials which included Apple Crumble, perfect for winter, but we stoically resisted. For now. Practising delayed gratification means I can look forward to another visit to Aquacaf for dessert and coffee soon.
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Why? Enjoy local food and river views
When: Thursday to Monday. Breakfast 09.00am - 11.30am Lunch 12.00pm - 03.00pm Dinner A La Carte Dinner Friday & Saturday from 6pm
Phone: 08 8555 1235
Where: 94 Barrage Rd, Goolwa South, SA, 5214
Cost: Seafood Pastie $32
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