Boat Deck Café was one of our favourite places to dine at when we stayed at Mawson Lakes, as it offered delicious and relatively affordable Australian cuisine. Complimentary bread with butter is provided with each meal and in addition to their regular menu items, they also have a few daily specials written on a board at the counter.
One of the items from the special boards was a Beef Sandwich consisting of diced beef fillet, bacon, onion, tomato and lettuce on lepinja bread. Lepinja is a type of flat bread that is used in Serbian cuisine. The beef fillet was cooked just right with the various fillings complementing it nicely with the bread tying everything together.
Another item from the specials board was the Minestrone soup. Minestrone is a thick Italian soup made from vegetables, with pasta or rice being a frequent addition. The pasta was cooked to al dente and the soup had a rich, delectable tomato flavour. It came served with bread that can be dipped into the soup and while it normally comes with Parmesan cheese, we were able to order it without the cheese since my father does not like its taste.
Out of the bruschetta dishes we have eaten, the Boat Deck Bruschetta is what we consider to be our favourite. This is due to the delicious mix of refreshing tomatoes highlighted by a fairly generous portion of smoky and crispy bacon. It also had a slight peppery zing from the rocket leaves with the avocado, Boat Deck sauce and wood oven toasted bread completing the dish.
Boat Deck Café also has a good variety of pizzas. Our favourites are Barbeque Chicken and Joe's Favourite. We used to order their large pizzas for takeaways when we had occasions at home.
The ambiance of the restaurant was good despite the tables being a bit close to each other. When the weather is good, you can enjoy your meal in the outdoor seating area overlooking or beside the lake. The restaurant also has an ample amount of off-street parking in the carpark next to the restaurant.