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Published November 12th 2013
Worth it for the location, maybe?
My partner and I headed to Mooloolaba over the weekend to celebrate our anniversary. We've been staying at Mooloolaba for years and decided after wandering past The 4th Floor, that it was about time we gave it a try.
The restaurant definitely targets itself at the fine dining end of the market. Location wise it hits the market. Its location above the hustle and bustle of the Mooloolaba Esplanade adds to its exclusivity. The restaurant is tastefully decorated (if perhaps a little sparse) and the views are to die for. Initially the service was also excellent with the staff being attentive and well trained.
The Modern Australian menu is somewhat limited, however, I think most diners would be able to find something to suit their tastes. Unfortunately we personally didn't find that the delivery of their delightful sounding dishes quite amounted to the hype. Don't get me wrong the food was okay and certainly more than edible, but with the beautiful location and the price tags to match we expected much more.
After selecting a delightful bottle of West Australian Pinot Noir, my other half decided he quite fancied an entrée. He went for the pork belly. The flavours were beautiful but a little disjointed, with the pork itself having a cloying sweetness, whereas the sauce possessed a delightful Asian inspired tang. The belly itself was a not as succulent as it could be, but it did have the all important crackling!
For mains I went for barramundi served with a cauliflower puree, sweet potatoes and crispy prosciutto. Barramundi is one of my favourite fish to eat, but unfortunately this was a little on the dry side which was disappointing.
The service also seemed to drop off at the point in the evening where we decided that whilst, we were both a little on the hungry side, there was simply nothing on the dessert menu we were interested in. All I can say at the end of the night was thank god for Gelati on the walk home!