We didn't see any aquatic wildlife this grey Thursday (except for the non-aquatic pooches sitting outside with their owners), but we did relax into a corner bench seat with our menus. As per the custom these days, we had to order at the counter. Normally they give you one of those buzzer things, and you go pick up your food, but since it wasn't busy, they brought the food to our table. A nice gesture! They also let us run up a tab, as Mr L. had a voucher, which he was able to use for the meal and drinks when we'd finished our lunch.
|fresh, tasty and delicious tuna with salad $26|
Mr L. who is on a special (health-driven) diet, chose the tuna heirloom grain salad with pomegranate, kale and almond ($26). The tuna looked nicely done, though I do prefer mine just a leetle under-done, more seared on the outside and rare on the inside. The salad was fresh and tasty, and bursting with goodness. I think Mr L.'s blood was zinging after that!
|mine was the fish and chips $25 - how lewd is that fish:-) tee hee|
I went for the beer-battered flathead with chips and coleslaw. This was a very generous portion with 2 long pieces of fish. I didn't get through it all, but it was delicious. The fish was tender, with just the right amount of batter, i.e. not too thick nor thin; chips were crispy outside, soft inside; coleslaw was ... well, coleslaw, nothing remarkably good or bad about it. I had to laugh at the wire basket; maybe they haven't seen that Facebook page - We Want Plates? (BTW, I recommend that FB page for a few (many) belly laughs.)
|glass of prosecco $12|
I had a glass of Prosecco, while Mr L. had a healthy cup of green tea ($4). If only a fly hadn't dropped into my drink ... I scooped it out, and drank a bit more, but finally the Ghost of Flies Past stopped me in my alcoholic tracks:-)
|looking to the New Farm ferry from the restaurant|
And then a week later, Mr P. took me out for dinner on a Friday night. I suggested we try Mary Mae's again, for the night-time effect. It was a busy night at the Powerhouse, as there were a couple of shows on, and the crowds were obviously getting a drink and a meal in first. We were there about 6:30, and the tables were already mostly taken. We managed to snag a table inside, and marvelled at the girls with their bare legs and sandals on this winter's night.
|barramundi with cauliflower $32|
I had spied this dish on the menu the week before, so really wanted to try it. It was a crispy-skinned barra with a cauli purée and roasted cauli. The fish was deliciously tender, the cauli was tasty, and the pistachio gremolata gave it a lovely bit of crunch. But strangely, I think I enjoyed the fish and chips the previous week a wee bit more than this dish. The barra just didn't have that je ne sais quoi; somehow it needed a bit more oomph - maybe some spice or a crispier skin. And a few chips would not have gone astray.
|spiced chickpea burger $21|
Mr P. nearly always goes for the vego option when out, so he chose the chickpea burger with roast peppers, celeriac remoulade and fries. It was on a hefty bun, which was nicely charred. The chips were great, but didn't come with any aioli or sauce - is that odd? I guess we could have asked for some ... Mr P. said the pattie was good, but needed more spice. The celeriac was crunchy and well seasoned, and had a tangy hit from the horseradish. He was a big fan of this burger. We both laughed at the wooden board; Mr P. has a thing about them. See my note re: We Want Plates!
Luckily, this glass came sans fly, and was also a bit fresher and sparklier than the one from the week before. The bar was busy, so they were obviously opening up new bottles. Hubby had a soft drink; sadly they only had alcoholic ginger beer which he doesn't drink (he's the designated driver), so he went for a Coke.
|warm fleece blankets|
They had fleece blankets if you were cold. And they were setting up some outdoor patio heaters as we left. But then again, those girls with short shorts weren't really worrying ...
All up, we had a pleasant meal in a fun atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the music wasn't too loud, and the food was flavoursome.
|a busy Friday night - were all the men dressed by the same person? :-)|
The Pickings' Verdict:
Food: 8/10 from Mr P. and 7/10 from me
Open every day from 8:30 a.m. Mon-Fri, and from 8 a.m. Sat and Sun
Ph: 07 3358 5464
119 Lamington St., New Farm