We have spent several getaways at Tea Gardens, always staying at the Boathouse Resort which is simply excellent and which I have reviewed separately.
Usually we dine modestly at the excellent local pub bistro, but this time decided to do a blowout dinner on our last night. Other local restaurants failed to excite, so we decided that the Boatshed was it.
All up, we chose well. Ambience was good. The evening rain was kept at bay, trickling down the plastic awning in an appealing reminder that we were comfortably inside looking out over the Myall River. A fascinating houseboat wrought of corrugated iron, backgrounded by mangroves, summoned memories of Duelling Banjoes and primitive societies intruded upon.
Our entrees were superb. I had the tempura prawns with fennel salad, he had the salt and pepper squid with pickled ginger and cucumber and spicy plum sauce.
Mains were also excellent: my dish of lamb backstrap with jus, crushed minty peas and a roast potato was delightful and too generous for me to finish. My partner's special of the day, a surf and turf variation, was entirely to his taste. We both reflected that we had ordered too much, our very satisfying entrees having taken more than the edge off our appetites.
The only dischordant note was the price of my partner's special main dish, though it was not a deal breaker on our enjoyment of the night.
Well done, Boatshed Restaurant, and go crazy everyone with greater capacity than us!
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