July 15, 2008

Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

We've started to explore the nicer (called "flash" here) restaurants in Sydney. Previously we'd been to Tetsuya's, Bird Cow Fish, Danks Street Depot, and Atelier. This time we decided to visit The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay.

This is supposed to be one of Sydney's best seafood restaurants, so we concentrated on ... seafood! We started in the bar while we waited for our table with half a dozen local oysters and a split of Bollinger. The Pacific oysters were quite tasty, but the local bay surface oyster was huge and strong. Not a bad thing, but you have to love oysters to like them (which we do, and did.)

We were then shown to our table, harbor side with a great view of the Anzac bridge. We had a roasted beet, cress and goat cheese salad while Debbie had a NZ bluefish and I had local Spanish Mackerel. My Mackerel was very nicely done, moist (possibly poached) then finshed over high heat to crisp it (possibly with a torch?) Debbie's was probably just poached and not as spectactular.

The dinner was great and the view is superb, but the prices are comparable to some of the best restaurants in the world and the food is good but not in that league. We probably won't go back for dinner unless there's some special reason to go there. On the other hand, we may well go back just for the oysters.
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