I had such high hopes for Rosetta even though Steve had said he failed to see how a plate of pasta (non seafood) however good it was could command a $30 price tag but I was open to being convinced or at least my purse was.
And my partner in crime...also open. The lovely Kimmy. See her here.
First impressions, loved the beach club, Hamptons feel of the outside terrace. Our main waitress was just delightful and we kicked off proceedings with a delicious rhubarb bellini.
The velvety red tuna was delicious with a fragrant zingy zap of grapefruit, a salty hit and the toasty after notes of the nuts.
We both felt this was a good dish perhaps a dollar or two overpriced but still really enjoyable. This tuna along with our bellinis which were promptly followed by a couple of Red Expresses meant relaxation was definitely coming along.
We loved the asparagus all fresh and green and al dente seasoned with the salty parmesan and then softened by the creamy moreish egg. Just so yummy.
The mozzarella dish wasn't such a hit. The veggies were a little over oily and soggy. The chilli wasn't really discernable. More seasoning was required and whilst the waitress had mentioned this was top grade mozzarella and it may well have been, it didn't taste any more special or top grade to the stuff served by other restaurants. Shame.
We decided to share three things:
- Tagliarini Neri - handpicked warm mud crab with fresh chilli and lemon zest
- Grigliata Mista di Mare - charcoal grilled prawns, cuttlefish, baby octopus and mussels with extra virgin oil and lemon]
- Grilled Moreton Bay bug (special dish)
So reluctantly we had to have a quiet word with a waitress and it was actually not the waitress who had been looking after us in a really friendly and warm manner but someone else passing by. She responded to the shell issue with the line that "it's hand picked so you have to expect some shell" and I could tell she didn't believe us about the flavours as her response was, "if you're not happy with it, I will return it to the kitchen" with as much warmth as the soggy eggplant slices from earlier and a smile as genuine as pleather. Her words although strictly professional were not personal and the emphasis was that she was doing it because we weren't happy and not because the dish was at fault...interesting isn't it?
Anyway to conclude the spaghetti saga, 10 or so minutes later the waitress comes back this time all smiles and full of sunshine and she says. "you're absolutely right. Chef tried the dish and agreed it lacked all the flavours. We suspect there's been a mix up as there was a request for a version with no chilli and that must have gone out to you." Well if that's true I hope the dude who requested no chilli and got our version wasn't allergic! Oh and the waitress was so generous she told us she wouldn't be charging us for it - whoopidee doo! I think we deserved more than that but didn't have the fight or passion in me.
Ok so the other two dishes. Well really both have the same verdict. Good fresh seafood but severely over priced. The grilled seafood was $45 and the bug $65 and really just not worth that amount of money both in volume and flavour. If the dishes were half the price I'd have been a happy seafood eater but here I struggled to see the positive.
The best course was dessert. Beautifully presented and really good. The panna cotta had the sexy wobbliness of being just set which means it and just the right amount of gelatine which is hard to get right. And it was fragrantly vanilla - y just lightly kissed by the vanilla fairy. The compote was chunky so there was texture against the silky cream and it was sweet against the soft sugary panna cotta with a tart rhubarb finish. Lovely.
Kim declared the chocolate cake a winner too. Not too dense and kept light enough for the hot weather.
Again like the choices on the Antipasti section of the menu at $21 each, slightly over priced but not offensively so unlike the previous dishes.
My thoughts of Rosetta is that she is one expensive lady - all style, very little substance except for the odd sweet streak that appears occasionally. A real disappointment unfortunately and if there is a next time, it won't be on me. I can't imagine spending that amount again and it would have to be a faceless, corporate therefore guilt free expense to get me there again. A shame really as I loved the ambience.