Just before Christmas, we joined them for lunch at the nearby Tempest seafood restaurant, a short drive away. We were seated by the friendly waitress out on the deck, with wonderful views of the boats at the marina. I started with a glass of Prosecco ($11), which sadly was a bit flat. I guess I should have asked for a replacement, but I drank it anyway. Lord N had an Asahi beer ($8.50), while Mr P. and Lady J went for a lemon squash ($4.50) as they were both driving.
|Lord N modelling with his beer ($8.50)|
Lord N enjoyed a refreshing Japanese beer with his humongous plate of fish and chips:-)
|sashimi-grade tuna ($34)|
We ate these meals: for moi, lightly-seared slices of tuna with watermelon, cucumber, mint, miso aioli and ponzu dressing ($34). I loved this! It was so delicious; tangy and fresh and light. Perfect for a hot summer’s day. I just wish there had been a wee bit more of it! I think it was more like an entrée size, but hey, that's just me.
|linguini with mushrooms, olives and so on ($26)|
Hubby chose the mushroom linguini ($26), being a huge pasta fan. The pasta was al dente, which he found a bit too chewy for his tastes. He thought the meal itself was a bit small for his appetite, and he would have loved a bigger portion. He also said it needed more mushrooms. But he liked the extra flavours of capsicum, olives, onion, spinach, parmesan and pesto.
|fish and chips $23|
Lord N went for the fish and chips (either Dory or flathead) with salad ($23,) and a sesame dressing. He was very happy with this large and crunchily golden dish. There were three or four generous portions of fish, along with the chips. I was quite envious as my meal, gorgeous though it was, didn’t really fill the gaps. I kinda wish I’d had some chips too.
|bug and prawn linguini $35|
Lady J chose the bug and prawn linguini, with tomatoes and peas ($35). This dish looked beautiful, and very tempting to those of us who love seafood. There was a large piece of bug on top, and several large prawns. This was a tasty winner with Lady J.
|caramel apple pie parfait $14|
Did I forget to mention dessert? The photo perhaps doesn't do it justice. I really savoured this caramel apple pie parfait ($14) – layers of caramelised apples, Chantilly cream, cookie crumbs, butterscotch sauce and salted caramel ice cream. Oh yum! Deliciously salty-sweet, creamy fabulousness.
|bourbon sticky date pudding $16|
Lady J had the bourbon sticky date pudding ($16) with a toffee sauce, bourbon cream and vanilla ice cream. She adored this over-the-top bowl of warm, sticky, bourbon-y pudding.
All in all, we had a lovely lunch with fabulous food (with just a few minor niggles). We had great views and a really wonderful waitress who was friendly and helpful. We would all very happily go there again. In fact, our friends have been there again:-)
The produce is locally caught and/or grown. The menu is seasonal, and designed for their local customers. The fish is hand-picked every day by the head chef. Oh, and don’t forget the teppanyaki room, which holds 33 people. There is a beer garden, and a function space too. The restaurant juts out over the water, and you can dine while watching the boats in the marina. A really nice place to while away a Sunday afternoon.
The Pickings' Verdict: 8.5/10 - great food/good service/fab views and fairly good value
(All meals were independently paid for.)
|looking out to the marina|
Ph: 07 3203 5744
Bird O' Passage Pde.,
Scarborough Boat Harbour 4020