Imagine enjoying luxurious dining day in day out without having to prepare the food or do the dishes. That is exactly what you will experience aboard the charming PS Murray Princess. Although full of the character of yesteryear, this authentic inland paddlewheeler delivers seasonal food menus that are as elegant as you would expect in any highly rated restaurants today. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for when discussed with the cruise director.
Our welcome dinner on the first night was a choice of either oven-baked barramundi fillet with dill and caper sauce or slow-cooked Mediterranean lamb rump with au jus. Both beautifully served on a bed of mash with steamed broccolini and roasted truss tomatoes. And, our captain's seafood buffet dinner on the last night, which consists of smoked salmon, whole prawns, oysters, squid and ocean trout, was just spectacular in the way it was presented.
Other dinner menus include scotch fillet, roast duck leg, salmon and grilled chicken breast. My favourite was the very generous scotch fillet slow-cooked in red wine jus and garnished with crispy sweet potato. I liked it so much that I ordered it again a few days later. This time the scotch fillet was also just as generous, but slow-cooked in garlic sauce and served with grilled prawns instead.
Our lunches did not fall short either. The beef burgundy pie was piping hot, the roast chicken Maryland was very tender, the beer-battered fish was light and crisp, and the tuna and smoked trout mornay was so comforting on a cold winter's day.
Upside down raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake
Last but definitely not least, I have got to mention the indulgent desserts that accompany every single meal. Yes, I mean every single meal, be it lunch or dinner. Of course, you could always say no but would you really when the menus read desserts such as upside down raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake, English trifle, banoffee pie, bread and butter pudding, poached pear, brandy snap fruit basket, blueberry and peach cobbler, apple and sour cream slice, and apple strudel!
In addition to your meals, a wide variety of wines and beers, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails are available for purchase. The South Australian wineries being showcased include Banrock Station, Burk Salter's Winery and Yalumba.