Reservations are mandatory at this restaurant. The chef shops daily and buys what is fresh and in season. When you make a reservation the table is yours for the evening so you can take your time and you are not rushed. There are two options – the seafood menu at $60.00 or the meat option at $55.00. Anna will ask if you have any allergies or any foods that you do not like. After that you’re in their hands there are not choices to be made either seafood or meat.
The setting is lovely. The restaurant is on the harbor where the Reed Point Marina is but there is no view from the restaurant. There are 2 rooms. We were fortunate as we were seated in the front room with just 2 tables and we had the room to ourselves until the table for 6 arrived an hour into our meal. After that it was very noisy. They play a very nice selection of music and it is not too loud.
Service was good considering they only had 2 servers for approximately 40 – 45 people. They really could have done with at least 1 more servers. The 2 servers were run off their feet, serving, mixing drinks and cleaning up. It’s just too much work to be handled by 2.
My husband went with the seafood option and I went with the meat option. It was a 7 course meat served over 4 hours. We had the following dishes.
Bruschetta with tomatoes and avocado. The seafood option with topped with an anchovy. It was served with tempura dipped sage from the owner’s garden.
This was lovely. The sage was really interesting. Although my husband does not care for anchovy he said that it really added to his dish.
Smoked salmon with capers + octopus terrine
Roast beef with fresh arugula and fresh mozzarella wrapped in pruccuito
The salmon was delicious. The first time either of us have tried octopus and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very tender and not at all what we expected.
The roast beef was medium rare and partnered well with the arugula. The mozzarella and pruccuito was very good.
Polenta with bacalhau (dried salt cod)
Potato wrapped in pruccuito with melted smoked cheese.
The polenta with the salt cod was okay. I’m not sure that I would order it given another option. We both enjoyed my course more. The cheese was nicely melted and the pruccuito was nice and crisp. It was a nice contrast in flavors and texture
Chilled cantaloupe soup with prawns
Purreed bean soup with crispey pruccuito
This was the least interesting of all the courses. There were plenty of prawns with the cantaloupe soup but the soup was just boring. The bean soup was on the cool side. It was very thick and just not very inspiring
Linguine with peppers and fresh water prawns
Both pastas were outstanding. The noodles were nicely cooked al dente. Both dishes had a lot of flavor. The meat lasagna was interesting as it had not tomato base but it was delicious.
Halibut and tuna fillets with grilled vegetables
Rack of lamb, grilled Italian sausage and beef with red wine sauce and grilled vegetables
The fish was served plain with no sauces and both pieces of fish were slightly overcooked.
The meat dish was good but it was a bit of overkill. I would rather have had just one order of meat and be able to concentrate on the flavor but that is just my personal preference.
Chocolate semi freddo
Mocha mousse with chocolate drizzle.
The chocolate semi freddo was a tad too sweet for my taste. The mocha mousse was frozen and almost like an ice cream. It was a good end to the meal as it was light and refreshing.
Wine prices were reasonable. We had a very nice bottle of merlot that was $47.00. The total for dinner with tax and a bottle of wine was $200.00
It was a nice evening and I would go again. Next time we would both have the meat option.
Make sure you have time for a leisurely evening.