Recently selected in the 'Sunday Mail's' Best Cellar List, this contemporary restaurant offers a unique mix of formal and informal areas, including an ... More
Recently selected in the 'Sunday Mail's' Best Cellar List, this contemporary restaurant offers a unique mix of formal and informal areas, including an elegant mezzanine, all accompanied by a variety of food styles and an excellent cellar. The main entrees include such offerings as a delicious Oven Roasted Guinea Fowl, along with Rack of Venison and Pan Seared Barramundi. At lunchtimes, the courtyard features a three course lunch with a glass of Gianni label wine for AUD45 (two courses and a glass of wine for AUD35). The restaurant prides itself on its quality sauces that superbly match each dish.
December 26, 2009 - It may have been a hangover from their xmas day 500+ cover lunch from hell, as our waitress informed us, but for a boxing day, 30th wedding anniversary, Gianni at Portside was as damp as the weather.
Firstly, they had not secured our booking, but a quick shuffle of settings, thankfully secured a table with the fabulous view Portside is renowned for.
For entree, three of the four diners chose the MORETON BAY BUGS WITH TOMATO & RED ONION LEMON & OLIVE OIL DRESSING, but all that was presented was a sad, empty half shell, and an over dressed salad, with no more than four sparse bug meat pieces to compensate for the $21 price tag.
For mains, my companions faired better, but my TAGLIATELLE ALL' ABRUZZEESE (slow cooked veal ragout with mushrooms) lacked flavour, sophistication and I must say, mushrooms. The grease that coated the over cooked pasta finished me off, and I just couldn't eat it.
The PETTO DI POLLO AL GUSTO (Organic Oven Baked Chicken Breast with a Vegetable Ragout) was basic, rustic fare, but tasty, but at $29 the expectations were of something so much higher.
The over cooked, FILETTO AI FRUTTI DI BOSCO (Organic Eye Fillet, Wild Mushrooms, Truffle Mash & Red Wine Jus) was the stand out of the lunch, very tender and very juicy.
After airing a reluctants to pay for the pasta dish which I had not eaten, nor enjoyed, they did remove it from the bill, but not a single word of an apology, or EVEN to inquire as to my reasons. Surely a manager's role is to make sure the customer, regardless of their complaint, returns, or considers such an option. Sadly, all i'll ever consider returning for is the coffee, which was superb.
3 / 10
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