30 Jacka Blvd
Stokehouse is simply gorgeous, from the view of the water, to the white & glass panelling of the restaurant itself, to the beautifully plated food.
A quieter affair during the weekday.
As you would expect, creamy and indulgent.
Freshly Shucked Oysters - Cucumber, Coriander & Chardonnay Dressing ($4.5 each)
The oysters were pleasingly fresh and sweet, contrasting slightly with the chardonnay vinaigrette dressing, which doesn’t detract from the oysters with clean cool tiny diced cucumber.
Kingfish Ceviche, Salted Grapes, Flying Fish Roe, Sunflower Seeds, Zucchini, Chardonnay Vinaigrette ($27.5)
I’m fond of ceviches but sometimes they can be a little too acidic, the one at San Telmo is probably on the higher end of the acidity spectrum. This on the other hand, the kingfish had a slight acidity to it but retained its underlying sweetness. Beautifully fresh and an almost rough sensation. Just divine, and it leaves you wanting more. Perfect with the sweet grapes and a little nuttiness.
Cured Venison Tenderloin, Plum Marmalade, Horseradish, Almond & Elderflower Jelly ($28.5)
Tender and pink, it’s quite light for a heartier produce, with crunchy almond slivers, crisp greens.
Spanner Crab & King Prawn Linguini, Chilli, Garlic, Broccolini & Rocket ($36.5)
The spanner crab pasta was nothing spectacular, unlike our previous experience with the pasta at Stokehouse. Al dente with fresh morsels of crab & prawn. It was tossed together, not unlike a stir fry.
Rabbit & Foie Gras Ballontine, Crisp Guanciale, Pear, Hazelnut & Cabbage Salad ($26.5)
This dish read beautifully, but the lusciousness and aroma of the foie gras was almost indiscernable. The crisp jowl bacon added a nice crackle to the soft texture of the ballontine. A delicate accompaniment of sweet pear and nutty flavours.
I personally adore the starters & the entrees at Stokehouse. Without fail they are gorgeous, fresh and light.