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“We've run out of condiments!”
Review of Peppermint Bay

Peppermint Bay
Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Woodbridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $26
Cuisines: Seafood, Australian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Hobart, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“We've run out of condiments!”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

What a disappointment. Firstly the waitress didn't know if the fish (fish & chips) was local - it wasn't. Then when our meals arrived I asked for salt and pepper to be told "We've run out of condiments". I commented that we could not eat our meal without seasoning (the fish and chips were not salted). The waitress went away never to return. The second waitress grudgingly went in search and came back with salt & pepper which she said were from some people who "didn't want them anymore". Very disappointing. And after this - the food was only average. People running around like headless chickens, a bar full of glasses and staff who obviously didn't know what they were doing. Will think twice before venturing back.

  • Visited October 2013
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Galway, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Please Sir... can I have some more!”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

We have dined here several times in the past few years and it fluctuates dramatically! Firstly the the good news. The views are wonderful and the staff (Usually) are excellent. On this occasion we ordered the fish of the day and chips, this dish is usually accompanied with mushy mint peas, when we enquired as to why they were missing from the plate, we were informed that patrons haven't been eating them, so they were eliminated!!!! Why not replace this component with another green or a small salad? The portion size was ridiculous, 2 fish finger size pieces of fish and a very small serve of chips, priced as a main! The dismissive nature of the staff member regarding our complaint about the absent peas without offering a replacement or an apology, was to say the least, rude and lacked empathy!! We may have finally given up on this establishment as they are clearly trading on the view. In summation, if you want to lose weight and enjoy a view, then dine here! Oh! by the way, we dined here at The Bistro for lunch.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank tubsy27
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Melbourne
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Quick coffee and cake: V good”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Not sure what its like for lunch, but a quick stop for a coffee and cake was surprisingly pleasant. Wonderful outlook and if you want a drink with lunch then there seems a lot on offer. Not sure that its a good setting for children, that is unless you intend to push them out the door to play along the shore. Leave mum and dad for a bit of peace and quiet.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Tomandben
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Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
1 review
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“Great location but do the bistro not the restaurant”
Reviewed September 16, 2013

Spectacular sunny spring Sunday. The whole family off to Peppermint Bay. What could be better? Well the service for one, and the food for two.

So we are booked for the restaurant, less than 1/3 full at 1.30 on a day as good as it gets this time of year in an idyllic waterside location.

The menu is set, and either 3 courses or 5.

The 3 course is squid, fish or venison, and chocolate. The 5 course adds a fish soup and pigeon to the selection of entrees and appetizers. Slim pickings if you were not a fan of fish or game.

So first problem is two teenagers not too keen on game. Fine they go off and eat at the bistro, so let's call that a bit of silver lining. Next problem is that one adult having the 5 course menu (so they can have pigeon) and the others the 3 is too complicated for chef to deal with, at least according to our unshaven waiter - BTW wasn't unshaven Don Johnson's look in the 1980s Miami Vice?

So after some tense negotiation, worthy of a Middle East peace deal, it is apparently possible to get some pigeon on the plate.

The squid arrived as diced tentacles with suckers. Perhaps that's an acquired taste but I prefer it when the chef pre-selects the edible bits for me. Having not eaten it our waiter then brings it back saying chef wants me to try it. I do, it tastes like it looks - inedible chewy bits of sucker. The turnip slices were nice.

The venison is beautiful, well aged and perfectly medium rare, as is the pigeon which brings back childhood memories for mum whose father used to supplement their meagre 4 oz weekly meat ration with freshly shot birds.

To be fair desert was also luscious - an indulgent chocolate cream creation with a coconut yogurt dusted with finely diced anise herbs. A truly inspired creation.

It should have been, and could have been fabulous. It wasn't and I can't see us making the trip down anytime soon.

Fixed menus might make things easier for the chef and might encourage culinary exploration but what happened to the old fashioned adage that the customer is always right.... Guys you've got a great location, how about adding great service and a bit of sensible choice?

Sadly it looks like we are not the only ones voting with our feet.

  • Visited September 2013
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Melbourne
Level 6 Contributor
190 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“High aspirations but stumbles on execution.”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The good.....beautiful, eye grabbing location. Beautiful modern building. A restaurant with very high aspirations based on the degustation menu. Friendly, warm, inviting.

But sadly, a bit underwhelmed. The service , while friendly, was amateur. Couldn't adequately describe some of the dishes when questioned. The food was like the Curates Egg. Good in part. Bu as an example, we found the pasta with Uni and truffle to be dry and a bit disappointing for 2 of us who love Uni. The 5 course degustation is $90 which isn't bad value. And there is an interesting selection of wines. Should have been a great lunch, could have been a great lunch.....but the execution missed.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank MikeFB
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