Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay has been on my wishlist for ages and finally the family clan got together to celebrate my brother’s birthday with seafood and plenty of it! We start with Yarra Valley Salmon Roe ($45/50g) which is just oh so beautifully presented and came with a very generous 2 plates of potato blinis. The blinis were warm with fluffy innards and just begging to be smeared with the accompanying creme fraiche and dab of wasabi before piling on the shiny baubles of briny salmon roe. Bliss.
The Tartare of Ulladulla Bluefin Tuna ($27) is almost too pretty to eat but eat it we did! Cubes of ruby red tuna are dotted with ponzu and contrasts with the crunch of puffed rice, apple and paper thin slices of radish.
The Roast Spencer Gulf King Prawns ($27), are plump and juicy and would have been the perfect specimens had they had their heads intact. There were curls of crispy crackling and a schmear of grits which was enjoyed by the whole table.
BUT THEN IT WAS PIE TIME!!! Our Snapper Pie ($48) and special Snapper Pie with Truffles ($75) was wheeled out to us on a table cloth lined trolley and we grin with anticipation. The pastry was golden and super flakey and is supplied by Brasserie Bread whose founder & director Michael Klausen was previously Head Chef at Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay back in 2000.
I wasn’t expecting the pie to be cut into because our table was sharing everything and from previous posts that I’d read I knew they divided the pie and plate it with the mash and tomato.
So the waiter lifts off half the pastry top and places it on top of the other half and wheels away and I’m like wait what, that’s it? I mean, back in the day they would fillet your fish table-side which you know, is super impressive but seriously isn’t smashing into a pie and hearing the sound of the shards of pastry splintering the best part? ANYWAYS. The pie was amazing. There’s a good amount of snapper in the pie, and the sauce is creamy and rich. Oh and the truffle pie? Bloody beauty it was! The smell of the truffles when it hit the table was intoxicating! And the mash was so freaking smooth it was insane! How many more exclamations marks can I use!
We also ordered the Wok Fried Gladstone Mud Crab in Black Bean, Chilli and Ginger ($90/950g) and were pleasantly surprised at the meatiness of the crab. The flesh is sweet and perfect against the saltiness of the black bean sauce.
Oh and there were Hand Cut Chips with Aioli ($12) because, carbs.
I loved the food at Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay and the views were fabulous! Yes it’s on the pricey side but this is one restaurant that is perfect for the special occasion or to impress the out of towners.
Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay
23 Ferry Road,
Fri – Sun: noon – 3pm
Tues – Sun: 6pm – late