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Reef Restaurant, Terrigal

Reef Restaurant, Terrigal | lizniland.com

This last Sunday, we joined our friends Pete & Lee for a beautiful feast at Terrigal’s Reef Restaurant.

With sparkling seaside views, it won’t be a surprise to hear that the Reef specialises in seafood. We had a set Mother’s Day menu to select from on the day but this gave us enough variety to see what the Reef had to offer.

Mother's Day | Reef Restaurant | lizniland.com

For my entree, I went for the King prawn crab tian and coddled quail egg with poppy twist (bottom left in the first image) while Michael and Pete opted for the below Apple wood cold smoked salmon terrine with seared scallop and gazpacho. Lee went for the Risotto with duck, truffle, asparagus, portobello mushroom and shaved pecorino.

By all accounts, these were all perfectly cooked and highly delicious. The plating of the dishes was also striking – I think some restaurants underestimate how much of a difference a delightfully served meal makes. It will never cover up for something poorly cooked but it most definitely adds to the experience.

We matched our entrees with a glass of something french and sparkling, darling.

Salmon terrine | Reef Restaurant | lizniland.com

For our mains, the Smoked lamb rack with eggplant caviar, toasted almonds and broccolini, as pictured on the top right of the first image, was hard to beat. I thought it best to maintain my ladylike composure and stick to using my cutlery, even though I would’ve loved to have nibbled the rest of the lamb from the bones.

I’m always a sucker for a glass of pinot noir and happily matched my lamb with a 2012 NZ option.

Chocolate tart | Reef Restaurant | lizniland.com

While everyone else at the table fell victim to the allure of the above Swiss chocolate tart with almond cream and raspberry jells, I thought I’d strike out on my own and try the below Pear and apple custard apple fool served with lychee granita. I was not disappointed!

Apple pear fool | Reef Restaurant | lizniland.com

The Reef Restaurant is certainly not a cheap experience but it’s a case of getting what you pay for: quality service, good wine, faultless food and a stunning setting make for a location worthy of special occasion celebrations.

x Liz

Photo note: All photos taken on my iPhone.

Week of eats: A taste of Darwin

As I type with frozen finger tips, I definitely know I’m back home in the winter weather & no longer holidaying in Australia’s sunny ‘Top End’, Darwin. We flew in late last night & are still stepping over half-emptied bags and laundry piles.

Until I get all my photos sorted & some more thoughts organised, I thought I’d share some of the stand out food moments from Darwin’s restaurants, cafes & much-loved markets.

It has to be said: it’s hard sticking to our primarily Paleo eating template when there’s crocodile burgers to taste. This trio from the infamous Humpty Doo Hotel was our inspired grub of choice en route to see the jumping crocs – pics to follow, don’t you worry!

Humpty Doo Hotel Darwin burgers

The Asian influence on the food scene in Darwin is particularly noticeable at the markets which pop up throughout the surrounding suburbs right across the weekend in the dry season. This laksa most definitely lived up to the recommendations we had from both locals and previous travellers. I got this at Mindil Beach Markets but apparently the favourite laksa-vendor to many is to be found at Parap’s Saturday markets.

Mindil Beach Markets laksa

The Asian influence (especially South East Asian) is not limited to market food – there are plenty of restaurants in Darwin dishing up rice paper rolls, creamy curries and spicy seafood. Chow was a notable favourite.

kimchi chow restaurant darwin

Good coffee in Darwin is notoriously hard to find but newcomer The Pearl offered one of the better beans (we ranked it 2nd behind Pierre’s long blacks at Rawgasm Cafe in the mall). Being from increasingly cafe-saturated Newcastle though, we are pretty snobbish with such things! While the coffee was certainly above the local average, it was the inspired cafe food that grabbed our attention. This Arabic rice pudding was a feast for the senses.

The Pearl Darwin cafe pudding

Have you been to Darwin? What were your thoughts on the food options?

I’ll be sharing more from our┬áTop End adventure over the coming week – stay tuned!