Thursday, July 5, 2018

East Beach Fish and Chips, Port Fairy

146 Griffith Street
Port Fairy
Victoria 3284

Tucked away on Griffiths street near the beach, opposite the Gardens Caravan Park and across the Moyne river from the center of Port Fairy, East Beach Fish and Chips is easily missed.

The menu covers the basics with aussie style burgers and souvas on offer too. 

We tried it out on a family camping trip over Easter and unsurprisingly it was busy when we arrived to collect the order we'd put in by phone. We didn't have to wait too long to have our number called out, and we were soon back at our site ready to dine alfresco.

I'd gone with the Blue Grenadier which was great covered in fantastic crisp batter, the choips wree good too.

With an amazing sunset to watch, it turned out to be a perfect meal!

East Beach Takeaway Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Garden State Hotel

101 Flinders Lane
Victoria 3000

I'd visited Lot 7 which previously occupied the Flinders Lane site a few years ago. From the outside there werea limited changes, but inside the Garden State Hotel things were quite different.

The timber heavy bar dominates the front section.

The rest of the large building is broken into smaller spaces, our table for 5 was in the Garden Grill towards the back of the building.

I had the roast chicken with smoked celeriac and white onion which was both very tender and moist.

The slow roasted Flinders Island lamb came with eggplant and curry leaves.

Chilli miso and wilted gem lettuce accompanied the 250g rump cap.

The 250g flank was topped with onion rings and floated in 'cafe de paris' sauce.

We shared sides, including the barbecued greens...


...and roast potatoes.

A few deserts were also ordered for the table, the vanilla custard came with cherries and lemon verbena.

The roasted strawberries hid beneath a crust with lemon thyme and vanilla.

The chocolate nemesis was accompanied with red fruits and chocolate crackle.

The dishes in general were a little rich and full on for my tastes, but the other diners did enjoy them. The bill came in at $362 for the 5 of us, including a couple of drinks each.

Garden State Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cuccina Cafe, Launceston

57 Frederick Street
Tasmania 7250

We were looking out for somewhere for a post parkrun brunch and our route fortuitously took us past on the corner of Frederick and Margaret streets where we spotted the Cuccina Cafe. It was busy with all the inside tables occupied, but we found  a spot outside with a view across the leafy Brickfields reserve.

I ordered the vegetarian breakfast with poached eggs. The fried halluomi , mushrooms, spinach and cherry tomatoes were all good quality, well prepared and worked together nicely.

The Scrambled eggs were plentiful and came with tomato relish and the requisite slice of toast.

The meal with a couple of good coffees was $32. The meal took a while to arrive, but it was busy and the staff were friendly and Cuccina Cafe is certainly worth a try.

Cuccina Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Star of Siam, Launceston

111 Charles Street
Tasmania 7250

We decided to try the Star of Siam on the corner of Charles and Peterson streets when we got to Launceston.We had a window seat, and were able to watch cars and utes seemingly doing laps of the town. Inside there were a few Thai touches. We visited on a Friday evening and it was pretty busy when we arrived.

I had the chicken green curry which was served in an interestingly shaped bowl. The flavours were all there, the chicken tender and plentiful and the veggies fresh.

The chicken pad thai also tocked the boxes .

The service was fine and the bill came in at $59.30 including a couple of drinks. Overall our meal was enjoyable, without being particularly memorable, but the Star of Siam is a reasonable option if you are in Launceston and looking for Thai food.

Star of Siam Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Devils Corner Cellar Door

1 Sherbourne Road
Tasmania 7190

Situated on a gentle hillside just off the A3 near Asplawn, between Bicheno and Swansea the Devils Corner Cellar Door commands stunning views of the Freycinet peninsular.

The site hosts a viewing tower as well as a cluster of former shipping containers housing the cellar door along with ‘The Fishers’ and the Tombolo CafĂ© offering seafood and pizza's respectively.

I headed to the Trombolo cafe and being a traditionalist, went for the Margherita. After ordering at the container my buzzer was soon going off, I returned to the counter to pick up the wooden board holding my meal and returned to our spot enjoying the sun on the lawn. There were some outdoor tables, but I'm not sure how things would work in less favourable weather. The pizza was a great, a thin crust, crisp at the edges, softer in the middle, topped with a good napoli sauce, plenty of mozzarella and fresh basil leaves.

The fish burger from The Fishers came stacked high with lots of asian 'slaw on top of the fish cake style patty inside the brioche bun. The fries came with an oyster shell full of mayo. It all got a tick of approal.

The two meals were $17 each, wine is available at the cellar door area. On a sunny summer afternoon Devil's corner seems to be very badly named, great views and a relaxed vibe, it is delightful spot for lunch.

Devil's Corner Cellar Door Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, April 16, 2018

Iluka Tavern, Coles Bay

31 Esplanade
Coles Bay
Tasmania 7215

The Iluka tavern in Coles Bay is an unprepossessing building, sat across the road from a waterside park amongst a small collection of businesses. Inside the modern furnishings and fit out gave it a more contemporary feel.

The menu included plenty of classic pub dishes...

...with a couple of less typical items.

The specials were more varied.

I went for the Aloo Gobi, a vegetarian mild Indian curry of cauliflower and potato, served with saffron rice, pappadums and raita. The dish was enjoyable and delivered on it's promise, whilst also feeling healthy and satisfying.

The Lamb curry from the specials board delivered pleasant flavours.

Whilst the best views of the sunset came from the park across the road, we could still enjoy some of the spectacular skies while we dined. The two meals came to $46 which felt like good value, and although there isn't too much competition in town the pub certainly didn't seem to be resting on its laurels.

Iluka Tavern Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, April 6, 2018

Beachfront Bistro, Bicheno

232 Tasman Highway
Tasmania 7215

The Bistro at the 'Beachfront Bicheno' sits on the Tasman highway just to the north of the centre of town with stunning views across to Waub's Bay and the coast line.

It was busy on the late summer weeknight we dropped by, in fact we'd missed out at our intended destination as it was booked out! We got a window table which maximised our enjoyment of the vista.

The specials list was extensive and offered a variety of dishes to compliment the regular menu.

The Yellow fin Tuna came with roasted sweet potato, a rocket, olive and feta salad and lemon caper butter. The fish got a big thumbs up, although the other components weren't perhaps the ideal compliment.

I went for the Wallaby porterhouse which came with veggies, baked polenta and masala jus. Although I've had a fair bit of kangaroo before, wallaby was new to me, it was a similar meat and in this case maybe a little rarer than the medium advised on the menu. The two generous chunks of meat were lean and flavoursome which kept me happy, while the vegetables and polenta did the job.

The food came to $60 and were ordered at the counter, the service was fine. The atmosphere was fairly subdued even though it was busy. The sunset views made it a memorable meal and it is certainly worth checking out the specials list if you visit.

Beachfront Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato