With a rare break in the rain for the day, and the waves still deeming the beach closed, lots of onlookers were just standing and watching the waves come in, and the brave bunch of surfers out beyond the break.
Our friendly and helpful waitress brought out break and warmed olives to start us off. Nice, meaty little olives :) These were nommed away on while we each ordered something different :)
The catch of the day – Whole market fish from the grill with shellfish butter, crushed potatoes and a leaf salad ($33.50). The fish was cooked beautifully I’m told, however Liz wasn’t a fan of the sauce.
120 day grain fed rump from the Rangers Valley, NSW. 300 gram ($29.50). All of the available sauces are gluten free.
Pasture fed New York sirloin sources from Gippsland, Victoria 350 gram ($34.50). The steaks came out with double fried chat potatoes with rosemary
and pancetta salt and green beans.
Crisp skin pork belly with seared scallops, mandarin, star anise glaze and herb salad ($19.50)
Surfhouse ‘surf and turf’ – slow cooked glazed beef short rib and grilled half lobster tail with crushed potatoes, spinach and a horseradish dressing ($39.50)
And my order – a piece of delicious ocean trout with creamed cannellini beans, braised fennel, roast truss tomato and lemon thyme oil ($29.50).
Two of the Lemon and lime creme brulee with toasted coconut macaron ($14.50) were ordered. I scored one of the sweet sweet macarons and a few spoons of a tarty brulee.
Washed down with a (very large) pot of peppermint tea ($4).
The boys and girls from Toby’s Estate won our hearts with coffee at breakfast, morning and afternoon teas. Then they won our minds with chocolate coated coffee beans and Keep Cups in their swag bags ;)
I got stuck into the juice the Breville girls were making fresh, and the fruit plates!
Many of the others filled themselves with baked goods across the day from Brasserie Bread… (Including the lovely ladies from Impact :)
(They even do Gluten Free baking courses!!! I’ll have to check that out one of these days!)
Continuing on the theme of eating and drinking, I was completely taken by the range of mineral waters from Daylesford and Hepburn Mineral Springs Co.. Particularly the ginger beer, as I was feeling rather off much of the day :\
The upset stomach meant I couldn’t enjoy the lamb lunch as much as I would usually, but the bits I ate and kept down were great :) I did, however, go for a walk with a vegetarian, Laura during the lamb butchery. I needed air, people!!
I suppose some of you also want to hear about the content of the day? And perhaps what I took from it?
I took oodles of notes during the talks. Loved the thoughts all of the speakers provoked, and was reassured that much of the message was “be yourself, do want you love, know who you are” oh and “don’t get sued”!! ;)
I think that while it was nice to hear about the legal aspects, again it comes down to being respectful, stopping taking photos if you are asked, and being sure to make sure your reviews are ‘reviews’ ie your own opinion, and not you being the next distributor of chef’s hats.
The Crab Masterclass smelled divine… even though I know my tongue couldn’t handle it ;)
And after a very long day program, it was off into Kingsleys for dinner. The Steak and Crabhouse, not the chicken shop, as I explained my confusion to Sarah the Kingsleys PR girl who gave me a lift to the restaurant and the home! Now that’s service! ;)
A few of us went for cocktails on arrival while we waited for the real dinner time. Mine (above) is the Mint and Zen, while below is Tom‘s Cancun Splash
The chef tempted our tastebuds with Black Pudding and Veal Sweetbread
And salmon on a bed of rice
The sun went down on a warm Sydney night :)
For entree, we were brought Smoked Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio with pickled chilli and pistacio nuts. Oh yum! This was matched with a yummy yummy St Hallet Riesling from Eden Valley.
Sarah had a teeny bottle of coke! (pictured next to my mini moo card holder!)
The main was Slow roasted beef tenderloin, and Wagyu flat iron steak. Both melted in my mouth, and I got a lot of them because everyone else was still full from a day of cake!! This was matched with a St Hallet Faith Shiraz. Nice.
The onto dessert. I was presented with this gorgeous meringue with rhubarb and strawberries, while the others had cheeses..
I’m told the Rose matched the chees well, while I had to separate it from the dessert ;)
Thank you SO MUCH to the organisers and sponsors for a wonderful day!!! I’ll twitter and blog stalk you all soon! xxxx