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31 December 2010 @ 03:22 pm
Birthday Eve at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay  
Seafood makes me happy, so for my 23rd birthday Bill spoiled me and he took us out to dinner at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay (End of Ferry Road, Glebe). A converted boathouse, it's a little hard to find and very hard to find parking in small residential streets but we saw some people arriving in style via water taxi which dropped them right outside. Our reservation at 6pm was absolute perfection as The Boathouse has a panoramic view of the Anzac Bridge and the city skyline which was stunning as day transformed into night and there were lights glittering everywhere - so pretty!

We just had to start off with oysters which were fresh shucked to order; their variety of oysters available were dizzying and we wanted to try them all but we thought it might confuse us too much so we chose oysters from Lemon Tree Passage with a mignonette - very fresh and briny goodness. Wanting to try something different we also ordered the Ocean Trout Roe with Potato Blinis which was the sex. The potato blinis were hot and fluffy, smeared with creme fraiche and a little wasabi and topped it off with big plump ocean trout roe and popped it whole into my mouth - so moreish and to die for! Afraid that the ocean trout roe wouldn't fill us up we also ordered the delicate Tartare of Yellowfin Tuna but those potato blinis really fill you up... On a completely different note - they served all our dishes on a metal tier and myself being short... it was difficult to take photos of the food without having to stand up so unfortunately the photos of the oysters and ocean trout roe which were placed on the top tier...aren't fantastic.
There were a few things on the menu we would have liked to try but we couldn't go past their famous Snapper Pie to share. After 30mins along came a trolley and the snapper pie was served at our table - amazing, yum! Bill also really loved the smoked tomato. For a side salad Bill ordered the Green Beans and Radicchio salad which was delicious but we were too full to finish this. Obviously not full enough to skip dessert though and we had a simple Banana souffle served in a small copper saucepan - too cute! and Pecan ice cream. We finished the evening off with complimentary Frangipani and Apple Crumble petit fours.

The staff were polite and attentive without being overbearing and the restaurant had a relaxed ambience and the food was simply delicious. We'll definitely return, especially for special occasions and focus more on trying oysters from different areas of NSW.

Have a safe and happy new year everyone!!

The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay

Organic Rye and Sourdough

Lemon Tree Passage Rock from Mid North Coast
Tartare of Yellowfin Tuna, Cuttlefish, Radish & Lime

Ocean Trout Roe from Macquarie Harbour, Potato Blinis with Wasabi & Creme Fraiche

Potato Blinis

Please excuse my dirty plate but this is my finished product

Green Bean, Radicchio, Egg & Sunflower Seed Salad

Snapper Pie with Smoked Tomato & Mashed Potato

Simply delicious

Banana Souffle and Pecan Ice Cream

Frangipani and Apple Crumble Petit Four

Thank you Bill for an amazing dinner with a super pretty view and I think we should have our reception here kthxbye

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I Love 氷川きよしislegrl on December 31st, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday & Congratulations [?] ...your reception??? ^_______^
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on January 1st, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday well wishes!

haha no need for congratulations we're just thinking way way ahead of ourselves
Helengrabyourfork on January 2nd, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
Happy birthday and happy new year! Everything looks amazing including their famous snapper pie, those potato blinis and the incredibly lofty souffle!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on January 2nd, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
Thank you and a happy new year to you too!
The potato blinis were absolutely fluffy!
beverly on January 3rd, 2011 11:33 am (UTC)
Ooo I love the Boathouse, and yes, those Blinis are freakin' excellent (one of the best IMHO)!!!!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on January 9th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
They're so fluffy!
.:R HFFichiban on January 5th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
Happy Bday!! What an tasty way to celebrate! Yummmmmmm
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on January 9th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
Thank you!
vividifiedvividified on January 9th, 2011 10:37 am (UTC)
look at that pie, I wants! hehe at reception =p
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on February 2nd, 2011 09:01 am (UTC)
hehe a girl can dream :P
Jasmyne MiddletonJasmyneTea on January 17th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
Hi! Just came across your blog, and you photos are mesmerising.
The banana souffle looks so soft and fluffy you could sleep on it, lol.
And Happy (belated) Birthday!
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on February 2nd, 2011 09:01 am (UTC)
Re: :)
Thank you! and thanks for dropping by!
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oh_ayanaoh_ayana on February 2nd, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
Tastes good too!
YanYan_Food on November 25th, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)
The Souffle looks so nice!