From the people that brought The Sardine Room to Potts Point, The Herring Room in Manly has got the locals abuzz. Take the Indian spiced king prawns ($18) for instance, the juicy prawns set the tastebuds alight and the curls of pickled melon with an almond and mint salad bring down the heat a notch, creating one umami packed starter.
The Seared scallops ($18) are perfectly fat specimens that were lightly seared and super juicy. The cauliflower puree was carefully mopped up and woe beget anyone who was too slow sneaking any stray crispy pancetta and beetroot chips…
I was absolutely blown away by the Squid ink & egg yolk ravioli ($18)! The ravioli was black as night, belying super thin pasta that held a gooey egg yolk. I coated every shred of crabmeat in the rich lemon thyme beurre blanc sauce and relished each briny pop of salmon roe. I could’ve eaten that dish FOREVER!
The Salt & pepper squid ($16) disappeared in seconds, the lightly battered curls of squid were tossed through with fresh chilli and basil and were absolutely amazing dunked in the creamy aioli.
Grilled haloumi with rocket & lemon salad ($10) was ordered purely because we all love haloumi haha I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like this squeaky cheese!
For my mains I couldn’t resist the Smoked rainbow trout ($36) which was freaking incredible and cooked so well. It had just the right amount of smokiness so it didn’t overpower the delicate flavour of the trout and the wild mushroom and leek risotto had the perfect bite to each grain. I could probably have done without the truffle oil but overall I’d totally order this again.
Ange chooses the Braised rabbit stifado on potato gnocchi ($36) and after sneaking a bite I develop extreme food envy but luckily I’m friends with people who share their food hehe 😀 The rabbit is meltingly tender and the gnocchi is honest to goodness pillowy and cloud-like. There’s curls of crispy fried sage and I feel like I’ve struck gold each time I dig in and find the dabs of goats curd hidden like buried treasure.
James’ Fried whole baby red snapper ($36) is a beauty, the snapper is fried to a crisp and I gleefully pull off the crispy edges and munch away. The onion, chilli, ginger and sweet soy glaze is a great balance between sweet and salty and I reckon it would’ve been perfect with a bowl of rice to soak it up!
Sadly we were all too full for dessert but with such amazing food and service I know I’ll be back again soon!
ChocolateSuze dined at The Herring Room as a guest of Destination NSW
The Herring Room
94 Pittwater Rd
Mon – Thurs: 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Fri – Sun: 12pm – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm