For my birthday, the family lunch was at Summer Salt
- a fine-dining restaurant down in The Shire
The Sourdough Loaf
($6) was aesthetically pleasing, but not really sour... and I think that's pretty essential in my books. The butter wasn't Lescure
- enough said really.
In the cocktails, my partner's Apple and Chai Martini
($10) was the most outstanding. I would order it again, and commend it for being a combination I have never seen on a cocktail menu before.
For entrees, we decided to share a Tasting Plate
($36 for 2 people) but we got them to make it for 3 way. We were not told about any substitutions - but here is what we were promised:
And here is what we received - can you see a Zucchini Flower
? I can see it was replaced with Octopus
- but some notification since my Mother doesn't eat Octopus
(they look like spiders apparently) might have changed our choice.
That said, the produce was lovely, though the oysters were massacred to the point where one was pretty much unable to taste oyster.
For our main, we shared a Seafood Tasting Plate for One
($52) which again had the odd substitution - the Atlantic Salmon came with Honey and Macadamia (quite nice) instead of a Thyme, Honey and Almond Crust. Again, no word about substitutions from the floor staff.
My Mother's main was Veal Scallopini
($32) with barbecued prawns, baby spinach and Hollandaise sauce, and it was lovely - the veal in particular was tasty, and tender.
Dessert was a case of aesthetics over imagination - they looked great, but nothing went that extra mile. My sister liked her Trio of Ice-Creams
complete with a sugar sail, and our Dessert Tasting Plate for Two
($24) had a lovely Raspberry Sorbet, and a nice Coffee Ice-Cream. The chocolate tart was too heavy, and the Mille Feuille had nice pastry but the banana and lightly done butterscotch sauce lacked oomph. They also took 10 minutes to notice we wanted dessert menus, and 45 minutes from ordering to get them on the table.
And finally - a word about the toilets... when your patrons walk in, and walk out, preferring to stop at McDonalds on the way home, you should probably worry.
All in all, it is a restaurant that deserves a mention, but needs to polish up their act to justify the kind of fine-dining prices it is charging.Summer Salt
Elouera Surf Life Saving Club, Mitchell Road, Cronulla
Ph: (02) 9523 2366