Once a year on my birthday I get taken to somewhere nice for dinner. This year it was the boathouse at Blackwattle Bay, across the water from the fish markets. I'd always passed this restaurant when I was training for dragon boat races but had never actually eaten here.
We made a booking way in advance and so probably got one of the best seats in the house - right up next to the floor to ceiling glass windows. We decided to eat early so we can relax with some wine and enjoy the views of the bay whilst it was still light.
and all the way into the evening...
Complimentary house-made sourdough and multi-grain bread -soft and warm, the butter smoothly melted into the bread. As always, I made the mistake of eating too much bread which affected how much I could eat later >_<
Wok Fried Rockampton Mud crab, salt and pepper style, snow peas and shallots (650g) - $100 - Even as a write this I can imagine the taste of the crab meat and beautiful sauce from this dish. Super fresh mud crab, lightly battered and with a black bean and pepper sauce. The taste just so divine. We spent a good hour painstakingly extracting every morsel of meat and mopping up the sauce with the left-over bread. Droolworthy indeed.
Snapper pie with smoked tomato and mash potato - $48 - the famous snapper pie! It states on the menu that it takes 25 mins to prepare so be prepared to wait. Luckily we were pre-occupied with destroying the crab dish we first ordered and so weren't too concerned regarding the timing.
There's a bit of theatrics to the dish as the waiter brings it out on a trolley and opens it to serve it at the table.
The crust of the pie was light and flaky, the smoked tomato providing the perfect tart contrast to the rich flavours of the pie filling.
Hand cut chips with aoili - $12- In hindsight we probably didn't need the chips as we were already pretty stuffed at this point. However, the chips were dusted with rosemary and sea salt, crunchy on the outside but moist on the inside and super delicious.
Banana souffle with peanut and milk chocolate ice cream - $18 - this item also requires a 20 minute wait but is totally worth it. Packed full of banana flavour with the ice cream like the perfect mix of peanut butter and chocolate. Yummmmm