Pepper on the stone will send fellow diners running
Stone grill dining has become popular recently as many people look for innovative and entertaining ways to enjoy a meal out with friends. Here in Jervis Bay the Stonegrill Steakhouse in Huskisson is conveniently located on Owen Street; this is the main shopping area in this small seaside town.
For those who have not yet experienced a stonegrill restaurant this is an interactive dining experience that presents your meal, cooking at the table on super-heated natural volcanic stone. These specially selected stones, chosen for their high heat retention, are heated to 400 degrees Celsius / 752 degrees Fahrenheit in their purpose-built Stonegrill oven.
Raw meal served on a hot volcanic stone, cooked at the table.
This method sears in all the natural juices and nutrients, enhancing the full flavour and tenderness of your meal. Stonegrill is recognised as one of the healthiest methods of cooking as all meats are completely trimmed of fats and no added oils are used.
The Stonegrill Restaurant in Huskisson is one of the largest restaurants in the area yet it is consistently difficult to get a table without an advance reservation. In an attempt to ensure no one is turned away the restaurant offers two evening sittings, the first at 6.30 pm and the second at 8pm.
Meals are served with a choice of fresh vegetables or garden salad. For those traditional diners who prefer their meal to come out of the kitchen this restaurant offers a selection of chef prepared meals from their al a carte menu. Regardless of your meal choice this restaurant is one for meat lovers and not a good choice for vegetarians, although they do offer an excellent sea food menu which is often welcome as this town surprisingly does not offer a sea food restaurant.
As you would expect a varied selection of desserts are available. Wait staff are happy to provide a doggy bag if you want to take any portion of your meal home, they say, this is something which happens quite often as people struggle to get through their portions.
This restaurant is BYO but you will find a bottle shop just 100 metres away. The bottle shop closes early mid week but is open late on weekends.
My one and only suggestion when visiting this restaurant is; if you do need to season your meal, make sure to do it after you remove it from the hot stone. Pepper on the stone will send fellow diners running for fresh air and cold water with tears streaming, the restaurant will clear and you will see a different side of usually placid and relaxed staff, yes, you guessed it, I speak from experience.