Janice is a Mother-Daughter Relationship Coach, a traveller, a writer, loves meeting people and experiencing foodie places.
Published October 21st 2019
Superb food, great atmosphere and excellent service
It was a glorious sunny day. The rich cornflower-blue sky with pops of white casually drifted above as we sat in the alfresco area of the Blu Water Grill. From this position, we could view the notable sculptured water clock called Man, Time and the Environment, a fountain which draws tourists' admiration and the obligatory photo opportunity. Blu Water Grill is a well-known eatery serving delectable meals for almost 20 years. It is an airy light-filled restaurant with high ceilings and abundant greenery hanging from the canopies, allowing a calm and inviting space for diners. There was a mix of bench seats, colourful chairs, banquettes alongside the bar and decorative cane chairs. A delicious mocktail with the apt name, Tropical Heaven, arrived as we kick back for a family birthday celebration.
It was a busy weekend lunchtime at Blu yet the staff were friendly, attentive and often smiled at customers without being intrusive. Our meals arrived within a suitable time frame, deliciously hot and very tasty. I chose the Traditional Home Made Gnocchi, an entrée size for the main course. These melt in your mouth pillows of bliss were delightfully spongy. The tasty sauce contained roasted garlic, basil, tomato sugo and parmesan shavings. I love gnocchi and have tasted many variations but this dish was a standout.
The two Grilled Wagyu Double Beef Burgers were the next to arrive. The melted mature cheddar streamed over the patties, engulfing the crunchy lettuce. The buns were deliciously crusty and the addition of caramelised onion & pepperoni chilli jam made these burgers sensational.
The Spicy Buttermilk Chicken Burger with bacon, melted cheese, avocado, sour cream, cos and tomato oozed deliciousness. Served with fries, it was a mouth-watering meal. The fifth dish to arrive, Beer Battered Flathead Fillets, was flavoursome and crunchy. The addition of the standard tartare sauce was full of flavour and the crispy chips were a tasty complement.
We absorb the outdoor atmosphere while waiting for our desserts. People strolling in the plaza, others gazing into stores, musicians playing nearby. Though this is a Westfield centre, it didn't have the retail feel of a large shopping complex. This is possibly due to the location of the Blu Water Grill, overlooking the spacious courtyard and towering fountain with the indoor area a bright cheerful space creating a feeling that shops can be largely ignored while enjoying this relaxed setting.
In my opinion, desserts are the main event, even more so when there is a birthday to celebrate. Our waiter organised for sprinklers to be inserted into the dessert for the birthday girl. Lit and fizzing, the Butterscotch & Vanilla Bean Pudding arrived with aplomb. Pools of creamy butterscotch surrounded the spongy pudding with delicate fairy floss sitting atop. The skilfully created macadamia praline was inserted into the mouth-watering raspberry gelato, creating an extraordinary dessert.
The Affogato arrived with scoops of vanilla bean gelato in a clear glass vessel. The espresso coffee and Baileys liqueur were each placed on a plate, ready to drizzle over the creamy mounds. Delicate flowers scattered around the plate added to the visual appeal.
The Blueberry Cheesecake was ordered from the cake display, along with an added scoop of ice cream. The cheesecake was fresh and delicious. The desserts were a wonderful finish to a magnificent celebration.