Brisbane diners are a little spoiled for choice at the moment, with somanygourmetoptions hitting our suburbs, but sometimes, it's nice to take a break from all that rich food with something simple, cheap and cheerful. And if it comes with waterfront views, even better!
The Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club, located on the harbour at Manly, runs a $15 lunch special from Monday to Wednesday. You won't find words like organic, free trade or wagyu anywhere on the menu but you find a selection of crowd pleasing comfort foods to suit all tastes and palates.
The full range of options includes spinach and ricotta ravioli in pumpkin sauce, 200g rump steak, salt and pepper calamari, chicken schnitzel, beer battered flathead, bacon cheeseburger, steak sandwich, penne cabonara, smoked salmon panini, and chilli tomato prawns on rice.
After umming and ahhing over the menu, I ended up choosing the spinach and ricotta ravioli on my visit.
The thick, vegetable laden meal felt more like pumpkin soup – fortunately, I adore pumpkin soup. While the ravioli itself tasted a little generic, the sauce provided lots of flavour and definitely represented a value for money dish. And with the money I saved on lunch, I was able to indulge in a Peroni to wash it all down.
The MBTC offers indoors and outdoors dining options, although why anyone would chose to eat indoors when they can sit on the large balcony and enjoy views of the harbour is beyond me.
I was satisfied with the $15 lunch menu and will definitely be returning to try the cheeseburger.