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Food Friday – Pier One

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Food Friday of our lunch dates. Then again, it’s been a while since we’ve done it. Today was a lovely treat. And definitely one I would like to repeat, with more time allowed.

We took the short drive to the Casino, Wrest Point in Sandy Bay, thinking we’d take on one of the many cafes they have. Pulling up at the sign that said ‘Parking for Pier One guests only’, we took the plunge and wandered around the front of the building to the doors.
Brilliant. Aside from the wind it was a beautiful day, and we sat in the windows with the sun coming in – by the time we finished we were suitably baked by the sun.
This was one of the nicer restaurants and well worth its reputation.
after being presented with the main menu and ordering drinks, we opted for the lunch specials. Set price bread and main, or main and dessert. We took one of each choice.
Our waiter was gregarious and the service was both attentive and private.
Hot rolls were brought out with oil and vinegar for dipping – oh my. They were so fresh, like they were baking as we walked in the door.
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Soft and warm, and perfect.
The flat bread chosen was the garlic and butter – it arrived like a pizza, dripping in butter. I could see the kilos piling on just looking at it. The flavour was just perfect. Subtle but tasty. So much for restricting my carbs.
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Our mains were Atlantic Salmon with potatoes and a citrus salad,
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and Porterhouse steak (med-rare of course) with potato gallette, cherry tomatoes and green beans with the most heavenly jus.  It looked heavy, but the flavour was light and almost sweet. The perfect accompianment.
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Dessert was the apple and cinnamon cheesecake with a caramel like sauce and either double or King Island cream.
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I am usually wary of cinnamon as it can be overpowering. This was sweet and delicate, with a crumble on the top.  Hubby even said it was the best one he’d tasted. Or something like that. It was light and fluffy, and just amazing.

We ran out of time so I could not try their coffee, but I wouldn’t hesitate to return simply for coffee and dessert.
Suffice to say I have had very little for dinner.
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Have a great weekend 🙂
Jen

Food Friday – cafe review

Hubby arrived home yesterday and as is our ‘routine’ we went out for lunch.  I usually get to choose the place – he’s too tired from travelling and is happy to let me do it.

RedRed is a small cafe located in Salamanca Square. Salamanca Square is located behind (the world-renowned) Salamanca Place, a stones throw from the wharves and Hobart City.  It is located in a disused quarry which is now lined with a hotel and apartment complex. The ground level is occupied with eateries, clothing and gift shops.  There is plenty of room sit and enjoy the ambience and let the kid splay near the central fountain.

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It is understated and classy but not too pretentious. The decor is black and white with splashes of red. Black and white walls and singular tables while bright red booths that would seat about 8 line the walls.
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The pictures on the walls are plain but catch your eye – black and white with a splash of red.
The Paris scene, a couple, the lady in red. The Tower of London with a red double-decker. The Spanish bul fighter with his red cape. And the construction workers high above the city on a beam with a red lunch box (I’m not sure as I didn’t go to look closely)
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The red water bottle. Beautiful against the white table with expensive looking tumblers (I wouldn’t call these glasses)
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The menu us simple yet has a touch of elegance. A small selection of both entrees and mains with an equally small but impressive list of both alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
We shared the skewered mushrooms as an entree. Hubby went outside his comfort zone and tried a mushroom for the first time. While he didn’t dislike it, he wasn’t going back for more.
They were crumbed (really subtle flavours that complimented the mushroom beautifully) and fried to perfection.  It was served with a mesculen (the peppery lettuce) and a spicy creamy dipping sauce.
These were perfect for two to share, but a little much for me on my own at lunch time.

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Normally we would have separate items for the main, but yesterday we both chose the steak.  It arrived accompanied with the best chips, a little salad and a smoky bbq style sauce. We were told the sauce is the one they have with their sticky pork ribs but were playing switcheroo with the menu.  It would work better with the ribs.  As we chatted, I mentioned mustard, so he brought some out.  Clove Dijon.  Hmm. The dijon part was good, smooth and creamy but the clove aftertaste was not to my liking.  I kept on with the sauce instead.
We ordered our steak medium rare – as always – but given the thickness it could have been a little more on the medium side. Still full of flavour and very tender.

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We finished with a cappucino which had good flavour and (for me) strong enough, but it wasn’t very hot. I like to linger over a good coffee, not be able to gulp it down.
Even the cutlery was red. I would love to have these knives in my kitchen.

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The wait staff waiter was attentive and informative. Eager to make sure everything was good but not getting in the way. Turning up at the right times and always polite.

This is somewhere we will have to return to, but with so many cafes ans restaurants to choose from, who knows when it will be.
Jennifer 🙂

Steak. How do have yours?

Is hubby’s birthday so after dropping the eldest off at school opted for lunch out, pub meal style rather than take away.
Hotel Soho is renowned for its cheap but quality meals and close to the city making it convenient for workers.
Hubby chose his usual fare of parmigiana and knowing we were doing fish and chips for dinner I decided the steak would be it. I always have to rule deciding between a decent properly cooked steak or seafood when we go out. I say properly rather than well cooked – the only way to have a steak is medium rare.

The waiters next question was what sauce did I want.
“None thanks, but do you have any mustard”
And this is where I get confused. Does no one eat mustard with their steak anymore?
Every time I ask this question, I get the same response. A confused look as though I was talking Chinese.
“I will ask and if we have it I’ll bring it out”
Now seriously, what pub or restaurant doesn’t have mustard in their kitchen?
I like mustard with my steak with a hot mustard. Steak is best pure with one simple condiment, and not drenched in some kind of sauce. Yeah, I could ask for less or on the side, but I prefer none.
The steak was perfectly done and came with a lovely mild mustard.

Tell me, how do you like your steak, and does it need sauce (which one/s) or is mustard the only way to go.