|looking in, 'cos we were sitting outside|
I started off with a rhubarb and rose Bellini, which was fabulous. Fruity and pretty and refreshing. In fact, it was so good I had 2. Made up of rhubarb and rose petal purée, topped up with prosecco.
Mr P. had a cider, one of his faves. I find it very sweet, but yes delicious. Since we were walking back to our hotel, he could indulge for once in something alcoholic.
|house-baked bread $8|
For our pre-dinner nibbles, we had house-baked bread with cultured butter and smoked salt. This was so good. I am a huge fan of smoked salt, so this was a winner for me. Mr P. loved it too. But I wanted way more butter! :=) It was a very teeny bowl with only a wee bit of butter. I bet I could have asked for more. The staff were very obliging in every way.
|triple cooked fat chips $10|
Mm, yes okay, we had chips too. Triple cooked with rosemary aioli. Yep, nice and thick-cut and tasty. They were very big; firm and tender if you get what I mean. (I hate soggy chips). These were just right.
|pear and rocket salad $11|
So here's the healthy side dish: pear, rocket, candied walnuts and parmesan salad. Also delicious. Such a fab combination at any time. The walnuts were really fresh and crunchy; we both loved them. And even my nemesis - rocket - was okay. I just have this thing about weeds:=) Sorry folks.
|zucchini textures $20|
The zucchini was interesting. Some of it was battered and stuffed as you can see. There were also grilled chunks of it, and lots of dill scattered over. I think it was stuffed with lemon and ricotta; also a great combo.
|beef cheek $32|
We had ordered beef cheek, but they mistakenly brought out beef short ribs instead. They very kindly gave us a complimentary side order of cauliflower with almond cream while we waited for the beef cheek to arrive. (Normally $12).
And look at that gorgeous plate on which the cheek is reclining. So delightful. The beef cheek was very tender, and so full of flavour. It came with gremolata and smoked cauliflower. Oh, and don't forget the onion ring on top. I think it looked a tad odd up there, but it tasted like a battered onion ring, which can only be a good thing.
|cauliflower with almond cream $12|
This dish was very rich and creamy. We were sooo full after all our starters, sides and tasting plates. This just about did us in, but in a good way.
The staff were fabulous, efficient and friendly. As we were sitting outside, and the sun was going down, they asked if we wanted to come in to the warmth. We are tough old coots so stuck it out in the great outdoors. Who could resist that sunset? What a wonderful, flavoursome, enjoyable dinner we had. If only we lived closer!
|glorious sunset over Hervey Bay|
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