We were in Launceston for 5 days, staying at Peppers Seaport so Mudbar was the logical choice for dinner on our first night (Christmas Eve). The place was very busy but the service from Kieren was excellent. Quite an amusing guy. We started with our usual Margarita and Martini (both made exactly as we asked for) and pondered the menu. An interesting mix but a bit heavy on the Asian fusion.
For entree, I had the seared scallops which were very good. She chose the scallop and abalone ravioli because she loves ravioli but the Balinese sour soup it was served in was so sour and spicy that she couldn't eat it. Fortunately, Kieren saved the day by suggesting that marscapone be added and it worked well. The sticky rice which we'd ordered as a side entree was a great accompaniment. For mains, we both had the white fish with noodles and prawns. Overall, a great dish but a bit spicy for us. Our bottle of Petaluma chardonnay worked well with the meal. We'd had a fairly big lunch on the flight over from Melbourne so dessert was out of the question. However another martini for me and an espresso martini for her finished us off nicely. At $292, the meal was the second most expensive of our stay in Launceston (Christmas lunch at the Silo Hotel made that look cheap) and nowhere near as good as the wonderful dinner we had a few nights later at Stillwater which was $256.
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