Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Torquay Hotel

36 Bell Street
We had lunch several years ago at the Torquay Pub and decided to give it another try for dinner on a Saturday night. The building seems pretty modern with pictures inside of older incarnations. Inside there were a couple of front sections and a bigger bistro area further back where we sat with several other tables of diners, before reaching the pokies. 

We perused the menu mostly featuring classic Aussie pub dishes, with a few variations and specials before ordering at the counter. We shared the tempura prawns as an entrée, the batter wasn't as light as we'd expected but the prawns were cooked well. They came with an original combination of a roast cashew and sweet soy dressing and a salad of pickled ginger, bean shoots and cherry tomatoes. The combination of flavours didn't really work, for us...

The 300g porterhouse steak with seeded mustard jus with chips and salad was a little on the bland side.

I had the Moroccan seafood stew with couscous and sour-dough. The stes contained a generous mixture of morton bay bug, mussels, scallops, prawns and squid in a tomato based broth. Whilst it was well prepared the dish lacked any strong Moroccan flavours.

The service was efficient and the food cost around $75. Ultimately the meal was a bit disappointing and the atmosphere was fairly flat, we wont be rushing back...

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