Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of the Boathouse.
Located on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, the Boathouse’s dining room consists of a large airy space with wide windows that provide a view of the picturesque river, gum trees and sloping grass banks - a resplendent backdrop against which to dine.
A collaboration between Gary Mehigan (from MasterChef fame) and Steve Bogdani, the café pleases patrons with life’s simple pleasures done well.
With a relaxed, unpretentious and uncomplicated approach, the food features sharing plates, pizzas, grills and sweet treats for those who want to pop in for a chat and enjoy the friendly ambience and river views.
The Boathouse’s dining room is marshalled by excellent service staff who are knowledgeable, friendly and humble.
Miso lamb ribs w garlic, ginger & eggplant pickle
Packed with umami, the ribs were nicely caramelised, succulent and crusted with flavoursome spices.
200g Swordfish w chickpeas, raisins, cauliflower, almond & herb oil
The swordfish was outstanding. This seemingly simple dish was not only complex with layers of flavour, it was also perfectly balanced. The swordfish was cooked to perfection. Moreish and tender, it was matched beautifully with spiced cauliflower. The fruity acidity and texture of the raisins provided balance, as did the creaminess of the yogurt.
Desserts at the Boathouse are a must.
Gary’s cheese cake, toasted nut crumble & rhubarb syrup
A unique and perfectly constructed take on the traditional cheesecake, the dish comprised of a perfect quenelle of cheesecake mousse atop a mixture of nut crumble and biscuit which provided texture and earthy cues. The rhubarb syrup had a lovely acidity which balanced the creaminess and sweetness of the cheesecake mousse. It was both well thought out and executed.
Smashed meringue with hazelnut cream & crushed fruit
This was a fascinating dessert which balanced a number of elements, culminating in an explosion of flavours. We loved the different textures which percolated the dish. The smashed meringue added a chewy texture while the hazelnut cream was decadent.
Serving good food at affordable prices, the Boathouse is not just for special occasions and unsurprisingly has become a favourite choice for locals. A lovely and versatile meeting place, the Boathouse caters for lunching families to business people calling in for a quick bite.
Location: 7 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds
Phone: 03 9375 2456
Cuisine: Modern Australian, Pizza, Coffee