Catalina, Rose Bay

  21 October 2013

Spot my parents in the corner? That’s as close to a star jump that I was able to get them to do heh. We were at Catalina (Lyne Park, Rose Bay) and the parents loved it so much we came back the following week so don’t be alarmed at the amount of dishes in this post 😛

We start with Natural Oysters ($4.50 each). Freshly shucked oysters are always a drawcard and these bivalves didn’t disappoint with the refreshing lime and chilli vinaigrette and topped with a generous amount of tobiko.

The Poached Marron Tail ($36) is too pretty for words. No really. Fine ok, the marron flesh is delicately tender and sets the tastebuds a-tingle when eaten with the blood orange segments, seasonal vegetables and dots of aioli.

The special entree of the day was Foie Gras Parfait ($27) which had my name all over it. Smooth, creamy and rich, it was perfect slathering inch thick onto the slices of sourdough.

Pan Fried King Prawns ($32). You know what I love? Prawns. Do you have any idea what it’s like to live with someone who’s seriously allergic to prawns? Yep thanks a lot Noods! Nah it’s all good because he puts up with me making him eat the crusts of pizzas. ANYWAYS. The prawns were pretty darn spectacular, drenched in an addictive garlic and herb butter that had us enquiring for more bread to mop up the sauce remnants.

On our second visit we tried the Let’s Do Lunch special of Pan Fried Mulloway ($38) with braised baby fennel, jerusalem artichoke puree, kiss pepper and tomato salsa. I’m not the biggest fan of fennel, artichoke or um mulloway so I pretty much steered clear of this dish but I got the thumbs up and a cleared plate from the father unit.

The mothership has chosen the Crispy Skin Pork Belly with apple roumalade, baby vegetables, smoked celeriac puree and port wine jus ($31) and we all can’t help but coo at the garden that is presented. The pork belly is perfect with the magical balance of creamy fat and soft meaty layer and crowned by glorious crackling.

‘Glacier 51’ Toothfish sous vide with fennel purée, tomato relish, artichoke crisp and ocean trout roe ($49). The father unit was enamoured by the toothfish and upon first bite instantly declared that we should return to Catalina just for this dish alone.

Roasted Suckling Pig ($99). If there’s one thing my family is obsessed with it’s suckling pig. There’s just something that turns us into insatiable freaks that will track every single piece of mind blowing crackle to ensure we get our rightful portion. Luckily there was more than enough for all of us and the table falls silent as we demolish the pile with ease. I particularly like the side of apple purée and the parents cleaned up the braised red cabbage and raisins hiding underneath.

We can’t resist the desserts and order the Vanilla Creme Brulee ($20) which is delightfully light and with the fresh passionfruit coulis and coconut sorbet it tastes just like summer.

Of course I had to get the Banana and Salted Peanut Butter Parfait ($20) which was amazing especially with the torched bananas.

The Let’s Do Lunch special means you will need to book if you plan on visiting at lunch during Good Food Month but I reckon it’s totally worth it. Fabulous food, an amazing view of Rose Bay and special mention to the attentive service we received!

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