Surfs up today at Merewether Surfhouse, the sun is out and Jess and I are enjoying the fantastic views and some pretty tasty treats from chef Ryan Baird.
Merewether Surfhouse sits perched over beautiful beach, a quiet Tuesday lunch service but we were greeted warmly and taken straight to our table. The wine list arrived with large variety, seeing a lot from our neighbours in the Hunter Valley. With wines by the glass averaging $8, I tried a Riesling from the Clare Valley that hit the spot on this sunny day.
Entree was whisked in, for Jess, crisp pork belly with seared scallop, lemon dressing and baby herbs proved slightly under seasoned but a tart lemon dressing tied the dish together nicely. For me, quail breast with an Asian influenced plum sauce, radish and cucumber. My quail was cooked a little more then us chefs enjoy but nothing crisp radish and a subtle sweet and sour sauce couldn’t solve.
Entree sped by and main course was dropped. Jess having a veggie option of twice baked ricotta with zucchini and honey pumpkin. First thing one could not argue with was the portion. It was like chef had plated the entire veggie patch just for us! Ricotta added richness to this over all fresh and tasty dish. Me, I couldn’t go past the roasted lamb rack with ratatouille, basil cream and seared polenta. This Provençal dish took me back to summer in France, fresh basil and high quality lamb. My lamb could have used five minutes less in the oven but with the quality meat and lovely flavours the plate went back finished.
Dessert time! Jess went straight for the slightly unusual combination of elderflower and vanilla cheesecake with pine nut crumble. Served deconstructed as in keeping with modern chefs but Jess felt the cucumber and pineapple served on top didn’t add anything to the otherwise creamy deliciousness. Not being overly sweet I went for petit four, macarons were a bit crunchy but had a rich gooey ganache. Turkish delight is a favourite of Jess’ but a serious dislike of mine. Not kitchens fault, completely my own! Luckily a creamy vanilla slice saved my palate and we finished the meal with a Vittoria coffee and a very yummy gingerbread friend for dunking.
Merewether Surfhouse is a location destination. Food is tasty but the views are even tastier. For a lunch, dinner or quick drink and bite grab your board and drop on by. The surf may not always be up but this restaurant definitely is.
Henderson Parade, Merewether NSW