This happened on Derby Day and whilst we were fine to book a table, when we got there the place was just kerazy and full of race goers worse the wear and getting lairy.
We were shown to our table in a corner where we could watch the people on the terrace outside. It reminded me a little of a chain pub back home on a Saturday night!
Service was quick and orders taken and food arrived in a short time.
- Fried chicken ribs and wings with jalapeno and lime
- Lamb belly with beetroot, goats cheese and pine nut gremolata
- Pork belly with black pudding and scallop, grains and almonds
- Spring green vegetable risotto with soft boiled egg and truffled pecorino
It was obvious that the kitchen wanted to produce fancy, gastro pub type meals as the platings were full of smeatrs and flourishes and scatterings and smatterings so credit for effort but the effect was a little amateur and unfortunately flavours also require a more professional touch.
The chicken wings were quite soggy and greasy and the mayo had no lime or jalapeno flavours - more like a tartare sauce. I found the rest of the dishes quite bland too and the risotto sadly had that claggy, stick to the roof of the mouth sensation.
I can imagine on a less rushed and busy day, this would be a great place for long, lazy drinks by the beach and perhaps the food would be better too. Sadly not for us.
However thank you for the voucher mum and dad Barley. It was great to be able to watch the sunset and go out to St Kilda in the sunshine.