I finally got around to trying Boathouse by the Lake in Canberra, after missing a previous Friday night booking due to the horredous traffic getting out of Sydney to Canberra.
The restaurant is hidden away in a spot right next to Lake Burley Griffin with beautiful views.
This cocktail was called 'Seriously Apple' and it was seriously good. Described as 'the crisp combination of everything apple' it was delicious!
Amuse bouche - mussel consomme
Peking duck consommé with Peking duck, lemongrass and ginger dumplings
- this dish came with the dumplings and the consomme was poured over the table. I have to admit, it's not the most visually appealing dish, as this wasn't my dish, I only had a small taste of this dish and the consomme was very overpowering.
Seared Hervey Bay scallops on cauliflower puree with black pudding, red onion jam and pinenut brittle, baby leaf salad - this was my entree, and you can never go wrong with big, fat and juicy scallops. I love the sweet and crunchy effect of the pinenut brittle
Quinoa and rosemary crusted lamb rack on skordalia with slow roasted truss tomatoes, sauteed baby spinach and bone marrow jus
Confit of duck on spec braised puy lentils, cauliflower veloute, turned baby vegetables and duck jus
Palate cleanser - grapefruit sorbet
Valhrona dark chocolate and mandarin souffle, strawberry and elderflower jelly, leatherwood honey parfait
To be honest, I wasn't that amazed by the desserts - this souffle was slightly crispy around the edges...
The ice cream was lovely though!
Sweet fig and vanilla bombe Alaska, toffee feijoa - loved the theatricality of this dish, set alight in front of you! It was very alcoholic tasting though.
In the middle of the meal, this girl burst into tears and everyone was wondering what happened - her boyfriend had proposed to her! It was so sweet :) the whole restaurant cheered for them, and someone shouted out 'so is it a yes?' and out came the champagne. So sweet :)
Barton ACT 2600
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