Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thr Vinyard (Hervey Bay, Queensland) 05/2017

Introduction: Highly rated by reviewers on TripAdvisor, and close by I got a last minute table on Saturday night although they were heavily booked.  
The restaurant is like a wide L shaped balcony on the first floor of a building separated from the beach by a road and a few trees. 

A great place from which to view the gorgeous tropical sunsets. Indeed their menus have a face page depicting sunset over Orangun pier.

Friendly efficient uniformed waitresses zip around well spaced tables.
I was amused to see an advertisement for a nearby Pizza cafe prominently displayed on the adjacent street corner.

 For no obvious reason some tables have clothes 
and others don't.
Seating is not very comfortable on hard weather resistant chairs.

Little ceramic umbrella shaped tiles are used for salt.

I started with their fish chowder. Served in a hollowed out cobb loaf. 
Packed with seafood, including scallops and prawns it was just a little too peppery for the delicate sea food but an excellent start to a meal.
Fish of the day was barramundi, grilled and served with a small salad.

Slightly more cooked than requested this was still a good dish but a small serve for the price.
Still hungry I finished the meal with a Rosewater creme brulee and pistachio biscotti.
A pleasant dessert missing the rosewater flavour
I enjoyed a pretty average glass of Spanish Rioja marked up about 500%!

Comments: They have a well stocked bar and on their website stress their wine matching but I saw little evidence of this except for some suggestions to go with the deserts. Knocking on the door of very good. 
Score: 13.75/20

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