For A’s birthday this year, I organised a weekend away to Mollymook, mainly to try Rick Stein’s restaurant. A’s mentioned a few times that she enjoys watching Rick Stein’s cooking shows and I thought that seeing as though we are now located on the Eastern side of Australia, we’d take advantage of visiting Mollymook after years of aspiring to visit Bannisters.
When we were seated at our table, the sommelier asked if we’d like to start with two glasses of the Croser NV ($16)– a lovely Adelaide Hills sparkling wine. Both A and I accepted the suggestion and I am so glad we did – it was a lovely glass of sparkling that was perfect to start our evening with. While we looked over the menu, we nibbled on the house made bread served with seaweed butter – very moreish!
For my entrée, I ordered the sashimi of salmon, marlin, kingfish and tuna ($29) however when it arrived I was told by the waiter that one element was snapper instead of marlin. It was my first time eating snapper sashimi and hopefully it won’t be my last at it had a lovely mild taste. The sashimi was of excellent quality and was served with wasabi, pickled ginger and soy dipping sauce.
A ordered the moules marinières (black mussels) with cream, garlic and parsley ($18). A really enjoyed her entrée and particularly enjoyed snagging an extra piece of bread to mop up the sauce at the end.
For my main, I ordered the grilled fillet of local snapper with clams, mussels, spinach and chervil ($45) and was amazed at how much flavour this elegant dish had. The local snapper was lightly grilled, with the skin slightly crisp and the body delicate but with texture. The accompanying clams and mussels were more of a garnish but there was enough to have a contrast in flavour and sample with the fish.
This was an excellent main which went really well with my order of sides – mixed leaf salad ($7) and hand cut thin chips with rosemary and thyme ($7).
A ordered the madras fish curry of blue eye trevalla, tomato and tamarind ($46). On the menu it stated that this hot and sour southern Indian curry would accentuate the taste of the trevalla and once A tasted the curry, she strongly agreed with Rick Stein’s statement. A found the curry had a bit of spice and really enjoyed her main. It was served with basmati rice, naan bread, chutney and a kachumber salad.
Seeing as though we were celebrating A’s birthday, it went without saying that we’d be ordering dessert. Lucky for us, we spotted our shared favourite – sticky date pudding ($32). We both opted to order a pudding each and I am very happy we did – it was packed with dates, light and the butterscotch sauce was fantastic which would have been difficult to share with two pudding aficionados. Bannisters were also very accommodating with my request to change the double cream to ice-cream without any worry and I loved that they were happy to do so. Most importantly, A said that it was a lovely birthday cake.
A and I really enjoyed our night at Bannisters and have nothing negative to say about the experience. The food was fantastic and the wait staff were accommodating, friendly and efficient without being intrusive. It was a lovely evening which we’re looking forward to repeating.