Is it a fine dining restaurant? I’m not sure, except the prices seem to drum that beat. Is it a bistro? I’m not sure either, there is no elegance. After having to pick up my own bread with my fingers from the bread board held by the waiter, I resolved to be composed like I was eating at a noisy cafe.
It was my sister’s birthday, so I was determined to make the evening enjoyable, dispite seeing a table that arrived later than us get their drinks and menu then meals before us. Well we had our Yarrabank Cuvee to keep us company while we waited for the correct set of menus to arrive.
Service was friendly, but seemingly inexperience and it was a struggle to get attention amongst the noise and the activity.
Basically, you have two choices of menu, one a la carte and what they call “tasting menu” which is a 6-course Degustation. The waiter failed to tell us that you can only have one or the other per table. So it took us awhile to sort ourselves out, as two of us wanted the degustation and two wanted to order a la cart. So we ended up all ordering a la carte:
Risotto with wild mushrooms and parmesan
Grilled mushroom brushetta with rocket and parmesan salad
Seared scallop slices with pomegranate seeds sauce (as pictured below)
Wicked Sicilian fisherman’s stew: a rich combination of scallops, clams, WA scampi, mussels and fish of the day, grilled sourdough and a dollop of saffron aioli
Pan seared barramundi with chorizos and roasted potatoes
Sautéed baby spinach with pine nuts
Creamy mashed potatoes
Their menu changes on a daily basis because they try to get the freshest ingredients available.
Just remember to dress down….
Basement, 115-117 Collins Street
1300 799 415 [This is a long message centre, just be patient, you will get there…]