Saturday, June 27, 2015

Stonegrill, Huskisson



All right, this one is about the Jervis Bay. A small little village called Huskisson, a coastal town. Surrounded by clean pristine beaches, national parks, the whitest beaches in the world.  So here we were after a day full of activities, an awesome breakfast, walking around the shores, exploring nearby small beaches such as the Orion beach, and Hyams beach. Well, after resting for a bit, we walke out to the main street to search for a good dining options. Huskisson is a small village and closes pretty early. Around 8:30 P.M afterwards, very few options are open.  There is the RSL club with a few options, The Huskisson on Jervis Bay, Dominoes and the Stone Grill.

Well, it wasn’t 8:30 and we were just roaming around trying to figure out what we wanted. I went up to Huskisson on the Jervis, which had some pub food and some other variants that didn’t really tempt me much. We were a bit full from a late lunch of fish and ice cream, so while there was hunger, it was disguised. Wanted something light and yet filling. Confusing isn’t it. Anyways, a pizza joint was closed, no Dominoes, no Indian and no pub food, and no wine bar.

Well, we went into Stone Grill. It was one of high end restaurants, and inquired if we had a reservation. Well we didn’t and hence we went into the right side of the restaurant, and were put on a table with the condition that we might have to share the table. We settled in and well, this was a bit of a concept restaurant I think. The restaurants specialty is the stone grill. Apparently they give you a big volcanic rock along with a portion of a meat. The concept is that you cook the meat to your perfection and choice on the stone grill and have it. The deal is usually a portion of meat, along with salad and/or pasta with some dressing and a sweet dish for about 30 bucks. Well, we were not too much of a grill person, and not beef or pork eaters.
Well, I ordered a dish that was on the ala carte menu. A grilled Moroccan chicken. The other dish which my partner selected was the creamy garlic prawns. Well, the chicken had a description of a Moroccan chicken and some mashed potatoes and some special sauce. I wasn’t sure initially on how the Moroccan chicken would turn out to be. Eventually when it arrived, wel let me just say I was overwhelmed. It was beautiful. There was a tower of potatoes stacked and on top of that there was Moroccan curries types of chicken and some spinach. There was a bit of a yellow curry like sauce on the entire plate. Very well decorated. A few bites and the chicken was gorgeous. It was mild spice, a bit like Indian spices but not exactly. The spinach went well and the potatoes stack was actually not the fine mash, but the mash from boiled potatoes. It was chunky. Well I ordered some rice and well, I had what I just loved. Something like a very mild chicken gravy with potatoes.  To be honest, it was unbelievable and awesome. Just hit the spot.
The garlic prawns were good. The standard what you’d expect. Coincidentally, I had this dish in Melbourne and it was the exact same. Creamy prawns in a garlic cream. Quite delicious as well. But somehow the chicken had me fallen in love.
Next came the desserts and there were quite a few options. Now we weren’t really in the mood to have a tiramisu or the crème bruelee. We noticed a desert and the name fails me, but this looked interesting. When it came, we were in awe. What an awesome dessert. It had this chocolate bowl- like a flat bowl made out of chocolate. Inside it had fresh strawberries, sliced and kept at the bottom, and topped with a delicious chocolate mousse, topped with fresh crème and a chocolate grid standing on top. Full on marks for the presentation of this senses- it literally made me want to eat it out. The mousse was wonderful along with the sight tangy strawberry. I loved tis dish and would recommend highly.
Well, all in all, a perfect meal. The beautiful Moroccan chicken and the amazing dessert. If be dying to come back here again given a chance.
Shop 1/48 Owen St, Huskisson NSW 2540
Phone:(02) 4441 7070
Hours: Open today · 5:30 – 10:00 pm

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ganges Indian by Nature, Hobart


All right, this one is about Ganges Indian by Nature Restaurant, Hobart. On the last leg of our Tasmanian journey we arrived at Hobart and were staying at Woolmer's Apartments. After an entire day of trekking at wineglass bay and driving back to Hobart, we were tired. I decided to stroll down to the nearby market to get some supplies and found an Indian restaurant called Annapurna. Initially, I decided to go for a few starters and ordered the lamb seekh kebabs and tandoori prawns. I placed the ordered and waited for some time. the restaurant was a bit empty. I decided to go and put the supplies back to the hotel. I came back to the restaurant and this time it was a bit full, with a few groups of people dining.



I collected my order and came back home, to have some snacks with the family. Unfortunately, I found the lamb seekh kebabs over spicy and very tough. When I ordered, I was under the impression that it would be just the kebabs, but to my surprise, they took the kebabs and stir fried it with onions, chillies. The kebab was not to my liking. The color was dark and didn't look appealing, the taste equally pathetic. Unfortunately, it was one of those rare times, when I actually thought about throwing away the food.


The tandoori prawns again were with a tandoori marinade and burnt out partially. The quantity was quite less and not good again. I didn't like it.

Unfortunately, my feedback for this restaurant is not positive and I didn't like it at all. Over and above it took to much time to deliver the order. So a big no from my end.

141 Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay, Hobart
Ph: 62232040
www.ganges.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/Ganges.hobart


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hyams Café, Jervis Bay

All right this one is the café at Hyams beach in Jervis Bay. On our way to Narooma, we had decided to go visit the white sand beaches of Jervis Bay. Unfortunately, for the second time I came over to Jervis Bay and it was raining. Extremely gloomy, cloudy there wasn’t we could do here. After travelling the 12 kms off the Princes highway,  we took refuge at the Hyams Café. It seems to be the only café over there next to the beach. Airy and white interiors, it has a breakfast and lunch menu along with coffee. Also, seem to have basic supplies. There were options of fish and chips, burgers and all.

To keep it simple I ordered simply the lamb burger. It was a mediterranian lamb burger. It basically had the Turkish bread with a fat juicy lamb patty. Along with the patty there was egg plant, fried onions, red capsicum. A layer of harissa yogurt makes it a bit creamy. The burger comes with chips.

The burger was quite wholesome. The vegetables were chargrilled. The patty of the lamb mince was cooked, juicy on the interiors and seemed to have some herbs mixed in the mince. While the burger was descent, I just felt and wished there was a bit more salt in the patty. Somehow, while the lamb was fresh, minced and juicy, it lacked the lamb flavor for some odd reason.

So an ok burger for me. Liked the Mediterranean flavor, Turkish bread, yogurt, but just wished for amore flavorsome patty and bit of salt.


76 Cyrus St, Hyams Beach NSW 2540

(02) 4443 3874







https://www.facebook.com/hyamsbeachcafe


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Montague Coffee, Narooma

 Just a few steps ahead of the Ice Creamery Café on Princes Highway is the Montague Coffee. Now this is a simple and specialized coffee shop and they are renowned for coffee. They are small specialized boutique coffee roasting shop. They source their coffee beans from different locations. A number of different blends sourced for different coffee beans, and roast the coffee beans.



I initially went it looking for proper hot breakfast, but unfortunately,  I was looking at the wrong place. The montague café does have some basic food on display- which consists of cakes, pastries and sandwiches. I ended up having my breakfast at the ice creamery café down the street and then returned back to have my coffee here. The decors are very comfy and cosy. One room has all the bean jute bags hanging on top and couches. The main room of the shop has basic café chairs, the coffee counters. There are a couple of seating options outside on the pavement. They also have closed cute open air garden.
I ordered for the cappuccino, and an ice cream banana chocolate milkshake. The coffee was great. I am not the greatest specialist connoisseur for coffee, but I do know coffee to extent to like the right blend. For instance, in Sydney, I would  only stick to a few places for coffee which would include campos. I would hate the coffee at most other places. The one at Narooma, at the Montague Coffee had a good flavorsome coffee and I definitely liked it. I would recommend it.
The banana chocolate ice cream shake was again good. Good, creamy with ice cream and bananas blended with chocolate syrup. Very good again.
This is a specialty joint which focuses pure and simple on coffee. If you are a coffee lover, I am sure you will love it.














Montague Coffee Roasters
2/40 Princes Highway
Narooma, NSW 2546
02 4405 9523 or 0401798357


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Ice Creamery Café, Narooma

All right, again, my second visit to Narooma. In both my visits, I did my breakfast for the first morning each time here. The ice creamery café is located on the main road of Narooma, on Princes Highway, right opposite to the Easts Holidays Park. 

A very happening café with loads of people early in the morning. Airy and open, the café has outdoor seating as well as indoors. The indoors, have big open windows overlooking the street. The left side has all the ice creams, milkshakes, smoothies etc. The right side of the same café has the coffee machine, the menu and the main ordering area. Coming here for the second time, I looked at the familiar menu and decided to order a vego brekkie. 




The vego brekkie had the hashbrowns, home made baked beans, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, with a ploughourmans bread. Additionally I ordered two fried eggs with it. The standard brekkie couldn’t go wrong. The fresh produce, and bread, just love it.


The other dish I ordered was the ploughermans bread topped with  feta cheese and scrambled eggs. Served on a black tray with the bread topped with scrambled eggs, chives and some spring onions, and feta cheese. The flavors were good. Just when you thought, it was a bit bland, the feta cheese add the saltiness. 

On the first visit, I was so happy with the breakfast that I came in for the second day again to the same spot and had the quiche as well. My friends had opted for the chicken schnitzel sandwich and he had good things to say about it. The other friend had the fish and chips or the fish basket and it was delicious, with fresh fish batter fried.


All in all, it is a good spot to come over for breakfast. Good coffee, good airy café, descent food. Will I come here again. Most probably yes.
https://www.facebook.com/NaroomaIceCreameryCafe

Shp1/ 46 Princes Hwy
Narooma, New South Wales
(02) 4476 1296

 
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Sorriso Italian Restaurant, Narooma

All right, I had come to Narooma about 8 months back, and back then on our first night, we went to Sorriso for some great Italian food. Now the food was so great that I wanted to come back again and try it out. Usually, when I visit the same town or place again, I try to cover different restaurants, but its probably that good, that when I came again now with my family, I wanted to take them here again. Also the selfish motive of eating good food and taking pictures and being able to write this review because, last time I had no camera to take the clicks.

Now Narooma is a very small town which probably dies and sleps at 8 in the night. We head over to Sorriso at 7:30. A pretty restaurant with an entire wooden finish interiors, and a stone building from outside. It is usually very full. During the winters, there is a large fireplace which operates and makes the whole restaurant warm and cozy. There is also a open air seating on the rear of the restaurant. As we head in and settle down, the waitress greets us and provides the menu.

Knowing what to eat and also knowing that all the items don’t seem to be on the menu. Now this is authentic Italian restaurant and they do write on their menu that the pizza’s are not about toppings etc, but more about flavors and striking the right balance. Most of the menu items involve pork, which I cant have. And I am not too much of a fish person as well.
The waitress does inform us of the specials for the day, a local swordfish, and also of linguine pasta.
So I order for a pollo risotto or the chicken risotto with napolitana cream and mushrooms. The pizza is a chicken mushroom pizza. I also order for a a chicken main course which has chicken breasts pan fried in garlic white wine creamy sauce.
The food arrives shortly.
Let’s start with the chicken risotto. Now I have had risottos and I don’t like them too much usually. Being an Indian, mush used to rice and chicken in different forms, I am usually not too much of a fsan of the risotto. Usually I find the risotto too hick a rice and gooey for my liking. Howveer, the chicken risotto here, is something that I love. Small chicken breast chunks of cubes, mixed with rice and in napolitana sauce and cream, makes its extremely delicious. The napolitana sauce gives the risotto an orange color. The mushrooms and chicken topped with parsley. The flavors are good, and I like this dish very much. One of the very few places where I would go for a risotto. The presentation of the dish is also very good.

Next the chicken main course, has the chicken breasts pan fried, with a garlic, white wine creamy sauce. This dish is wow to look at when it is served. The chicken breasts are flattened, pan fried, stacked and then on top there is a very creamy white glazed sauce. The sauce  also has butter fried mushroom slices. The sauce oozes and falls over all of it, and topped with some spring onions or shallots.  On the side there is a small portion of red cabbage and a small bowl with boiled and roasted potatoes cucmber, beans and carrot. Now the dish has very good flavor. Its balanced., the sauce is extremely creamy and yummy. The chicken is soft and matches very well with the sauce and the mushrooms. I loved this dish. Presentation, flavour’s, taste all full marks from me. All I would add to this dish is a little bit more salt and pepper.

Next we came the Pizza. We had ordered for a chicken pizza with mushrooms and olives. The pizza served on a wooden tray, looked gorgeous. Thin crusted, and well baked, all I can say is that this is one of the good pizza’s I have had. I mean, the balance of the flavors, the freshness of the ingredients, all call out. The pizza, with the pizza sauce base, the great flavorsome cheese, the mushrooms, and chicken. Its wow. I wouldn’t harp on and on, but I would highly recommend the pizza here. You can get a pizza everywhere, but to have a pizza so well cooked to perfection, and with such a great blend. It seems it is very meticulously cooked to perfection. Its immaculate and scientific. The cheese is so flavorsome. The thin crust, delicious pizza base and the toppings, all in harmony.

All in all a great dinner. Let me tell you, I am usually not a too much of a person for Italian food, but I love this joint in Narooma and I would surely visit here again. Highly recommended from my end.
Sorisso Italian
02-4463362
2546, 107 Campbell Street, Narooma NSW 2546

Quarter Deck Café, Narooma














All right, this one is about Quarter Deck café, which is again in Narooma and based out on the  street overlooking the Wagonga Bay. The waters are calm and quiet. Very colorful shack kind of a building. As we head in for breakfast, there is a passage with lot of fishing rods on the ceiling above decorated, whereas on the left and right walls, a number of face masks kind of artifacts decorated.
As we head in, there is tall well-built gentleman, presumably the owner, who greets us and take then directs one of the waitress to seat us at the best possible seats by the window. Dressed in a  casual Hawaiian shirt, the owner, quite  jovial, friendly and makes you feel comfortable. The interiors of the cafe is that of a fishing cafe, with anchors, nets, and other artifacts making it look wonderful, cozy and like a fishing shack. As we settled in, and looked at the menu, we wondered what to do for breakfast. In some ways, all my craving something new in breakfast is now dying out, as invariably we get the mushrooms, hash brown, fried eggs and bread with spinach and grilled tomatoes. So this has now become the most basic vego brekkie which I get.Luckily, in he mood to try something new, I ordered the Mexican Corn Fritters. The other dish we order for breakfast is the eggs Florentine. Order a cappuccino and wet chai latte. Wait for a little while and the dishes get served.
The eggs Florentine is good. Two poached eggs on local spelt toast with spinach and topped with hollandaise sauce. This is a classic and the dish was well done. I liked it.  I did require a little salt and pepper to my taste, but fantastic. I liked it.






The Mexican corn fritters were very yum. Served with sour cream and avocado, rocket leaves and tomato salsa. This was again, very delicious. It reminded me of the Indian pakoda’s. corn fritters, well fried, crunchy on the top and with corn inside, went well with the avocado and sour cream. I loved this dish and highly recommended.
The coffee was great as well. Liked it.


Once we finished our breakfast, I went to settle the bill. The lady at the reception gave us two small portions of fish feed and mentioned that we can go down the small little aisle over the water into the deep end and feed the fish there. The aisle or the small jetty, which runs down from outside the restaurant into the deep water, and where seaplanes and boats dock, we went there. Feeding the fish was fun. As such, the water was clear with just some plants inside the water, and fishes were no where to be seen, but as soon as we dropped the feed into the water, a swarm of fishes appeared from nowhere briefly and then disappeared.

As we were leaving, the owner came up, chatted, thanked us and in a caring way patted on the back and asked us to come back again. I liked this caring nature and hospitality and would surely be back here if I come to Narooma again.

Quarter Deck is famous for its views, the breakfast, lunch and tapas. They do great fish and chips, local fishes etc. they are not open for dinner usually, except for a few exceptions.









Quarter Deck Narooma
Riverside Drive
Narooma, New South Wales
(02) 4476 2723


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