My partner and i and a friend from the UK decided to look for a nice restaurant for dinner and came across Cruisers, having read the reviews on this restaurant i too was a bit apprehensive BUT like all reviews i look at i take 90% of it as personal taste as unless you happen to be the worlds greatest food critic i find most people who do critics are either ordinary people or some one who thinks they know how to cook.
I decided to take a chance and well i can't fathom what a lot of the bad reviews were about i ordered the battered Prawns as an entrée and a the chicken bernaise my partner had the Duck pate and so did my friend and they ordered the fettuccine and the pork belly.
the staff were attentive to our needs and after taking orders the starters arrived in a timely fashion, to my surprise not only was it relatively quick but also it was HOT not like some restaurants where u go to and i have been to a few 5* restaurants in Brisbane and they could learn a thing about HOT food not warm.
The Manager Michael asked me if i liked Calamari and i said i am not a fan of it as it is usually like eating a rubber band, so he said i have cooked a little piece for you to try and see what you think well with a little trepidation i bit into this rubber band and to my shock and surprise it melted in my mouth there was no toughness in it at all, i bit into my battered Prawns expecting the usual toughness you get even in 5* places it has been a bit tough again this melted in my mouth they were succulent and were a delight to eat.
I asked my dining partners as to the quality of their starters and each one was very impressed with the pate saying it was one of the better pate's that they have eaten. The mains again arrived in a timely fashion, the chicken was succulent not tough dry the pork belly according to my partner melted in her mouth the crackling was even better than my Fathers and he was a Qualified Chef not a cook but a Chef who was Fellow of the Catering Institute of Australia, the friends fettuccine was excellent.
As for the position I have never been to this Portside precinct before but we did have a look around there were a Eagle boys pizza shop and numerous other Takeaways and a cinema and a IGA supermarket, it is a nice looking area yes there is the view of a car park and a road, but are you there to admire the view or enjoy the company of your friends or partner.
I have never reviewed a restaurant before purely because to me online reviews can and will be taken as granted, even Hotel reviews i really take with a grain of salt if i get there and yes it is as bad then that's my bad luck but from my experience 99% of bad reviews are from people who set their expectations far to high instead of going in an being honest and say wow that was ok it was not the best but hey we enjoyed ourselves, as for the reviewer who said they were asked to leave as other patrons were waiting and i am sure if they had said we are here for some breakfast as well then the Manager would not have been hovering as you said, I HAVE been asked in a 5* hotel to leave the breakfast as there were other Patrons waiting to be served, its a business not a charity so be considerate of your fellow Patrons as well it is called GOOD MANNERS. I asked if it was advisable to come for breakfast on a Saturday morning and the Manager suggested i come on a Sunday as Saturdays are known as cruise ship days and it would be very hectic or come for dinner Saturday night.
Would we come back Yes would we recommend it Yes that's why this review is here, and i am always available to be contacted and asked any question re this establishment