A retired business owner, my passions are cooking, photography and eating. I use all three of these when I write for recipeyum.com.au which is on HubGarden
Published July 4th 2018
Lovely surrounds, delicious food and good service
It was my birthday and it was also one of my friend's birthdays, so we took each other out for lunch at this fine bar/cafe/restaurant.
It is fully licensed and has been open for some 12 years. Winner of several "Gold Plate" awards, their most recent win was in 2017.
It was a blistery, winter's day, the sun was not shining, and it was raining. However, this did not dampen the spirits of the two gals. It was indeed a miserable day, however, I am not ruled by the weather, so we braved the wind and rain and luckily got a parking spot almost outside the restaurant.
The restaurant was cosy and not at all cold. It has plastic drop down blinds which are obviously down in winter and is virtually opposite the beach.
Near the front entrance- you can see ocean in background
We thought there would be no one there because of this weather, however, it was probably almost half full and it is quite a large place. There is both indoor as well as outdoor seating and guess which one we chose!
There is also the reception area, which also has seating and couches where you could sit and perhaps have a drink while waiting for others of your party to arrive.
They also sell special home made dog biscuits
We were given a menu promptly and asked if we wanted any drinks. Now I have gotten smart nowadays, or so I thought. As I have problems deciding what to eat, I have been looking at their online menu for a few days now!
Only in this instance, I still had a problem - I had decided on about 4 dishes that I would like. To settle this, we had food that we could share and that way it was not such a hard decision, as I only had to knock out a few of the ones I had picked.
Our waitress, Katie, served us quite quickly and did not need to write our orders down. How do they remember everyone's orders?
Katie served the food
We picked the entrees or share plates of salt and pepper squid with lemon and aioli, as well as the chicken liver pate, with port reductions, croutes and gherkins. The salt and pepper squid cost $17 as did the chicken liver pate.
Our two shared entres for lunch - squid meal is big enough for a main
Added to this we had a huge bowl of fries and chipotle, which we could not finish. These chips appeared to be homemade and were delicious and not at all oily. They were served with the chipotle aioli which was also really tasty and went well with the chips.
Very yummy bowl of chips
After this, and considering the fact that I ate more than half of this meal, I had decided that I could not eat a dessert as I had planned to. Due to high sugar levels, I no longer have dessert as a 'must do' when dining out or even at home.
But we decided it was our birthdays, so we would order one and share it. We ordered the special of the day which was a white chocolate bread and butter pudding with an orange and apple salsa, with vanilla ice cream and brandy cream.
Because the owner, Tim, had been informed it was a birthday, he gave us an extra piece of the bread and butter pudding, an extra scoop of ice cream, and a pot of white chocolate sauce each. There was one candle in the middle and this was the special of the day, however, we were charged $1 more than the advertised special - we paid $12.
Yes, I was impressed by this small, but quaint gesture and once again I ate more than half despite its high sugar content. It was delicious and unusual.
The main meals were around $24 and I consider this restaurant well priced for what they are offering. Each meal was beautifully presented, and in particular, the dessert with its petal decorations, and cute jars of white chocolate sauce. We were offered a liqueur as a birthday present but as I do not drink and my friend was driving, I opted for a coffee instead. Even their coffee was beautifully presented!
Piping hot coffee
They also have a blackboard special however, we did not see this till we had already ordered. Each day they also have a different special which is one of the items from their menu.