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Published January 14th 2014
Don't always trust the locals
Usually I find that local knowledge is the best recommendation when it comes to eating out in an area that you're not familiar with. Other times I am proved wrong and I find should ignore the well intentioned locals and stick with your gut instinct. Today our Redcliffe lunch experience was marred with such an occurrence.
Mum and I had planned to head over to the main town centre of Redcliffe and dine at one of the main jetty-side cafes that the esplanade has to offer. We were told unequivocally, no, we had to go to the Reef Point Cafe down at neighbouring Scarborough. Apparently it was a package deal of perfect location and excellent, well priced meals.
Tucked away between the foreshore and the Scarborough Caravan Park, its a little circuitous to get to but admittedly, once you are there it is a lovely little spot. Looking out over the water towards the Glasshouse Mountains on a fine day is beautiful. Its nothing flash and definitely rocks a bit of a beachside kiosk type vibe, but that doesn't faze me if the food is good. With the number of reserved tables I was feeling as though we were onto a winner.
The menu is all very much standard cafe fare and offers an all day breakfast as well as the usual array of salads and burgers. The restaurant is licensed on a BYO basis only so if you prefer your ginger beer without the ginger then I suggest you come packing an esky. Mum and I are both big seafood fans and to be honest we were a little disappointed that a seaside cafe would have so little to offer in the way of oceanic produce. That said we ultimately both settled on the apparently famous Thai Fish Cake burger.
Truth be told I am always a little nervous of fish cakes if I haven't made them myself. Why any self respecting restaurant would want to take what is supposedly a nice piece of fresh fish and pulverise it into a beyond mince like consistency is beyond me.
These Thai influenced patties made with white reef fish, garlic, ginger, rice noodles, Thai curry paste and coriander sounded interesting enough for me to shelve my anxiety for a little while and give them a crack. Well I didn't get sick so there is a plus!
Other than that the meal we ate can only be described as average at best. The burgers were very standard in terms of their fillings and the bread itself seemed a little on the stale side. As for the fish cakes themselves, they didn't pack anywhere near the flavour punch we expected, and their consistency made them seem disturbingly under cooked.
The monster burger also comes with a random serving of roasted chat potatoes that are as underwhelming as they are misplaced on the side of the plate. As cafes go their are priced towards the lower end of the scale, but the meal we served was more corner store takeaway quality and, in my opinion, was consequently a little pricey.
Maybe they were having an off day, but at this point I once again find, as with so many cafes, quantity most certainly does not compensate for quality. I think maybe next time I might just trust that my own feet will find me a tasty lunch.
I as a local/former resident of the peninsula would've told you to steer clear of this place. yes very average for the price and the so called monster burger is smaller and lest tastier than a HJ's Whopper. Believe it or not.