From the archives: This post is from our original site, MyCityLife back on 27 November 2014
Every season brings its unique tastes and traditional recipes. But down under where the mercury levels consistently hover around the red line, we’re always looking for cool favourites that work in with the great outdoors. By the riverside, Watt Restaurant + Bar embraces its gorgeous location and reflects this in their menu. And in the Spring-Summer months especially, their menu is perfect eating around the pool, the deck or under a beach umbrella, day or into the night. It’s a versatile menu that is also satisfactory to the wholesome fitspo’s and reflects on the upcoming warm months. More than ever, the summer body is the goal, and thankfully, Watt keeps us eating clean and wholesome all year round. And as always, Watt works to our never-ending desires by supplying meals that cater to both share plates and the hungry Aussie appetite with value for money. Watt Restaurant + Bar’s got this, 365 days of the year.
Watt’s Virgin Apple Mojitos are a perfect starter to whetten the appetite. Served up from the jam jar, it’s refreshing to the palate where the Lychee Gin Zing is a smooth segue into the land of spirits.
The bar menu serves up great selections of foods that will keep the jam jars flowing. From skinny fries with rosemary salt to rice paper rolls with pickled cucumber, mint, avocado, soy and sesame, ‘wholesomely indulgent’ comes to mind. The ever faithful and endearing honey cured salmon and radish salad and popcorn chicken, with yellow peanut curry continue to deliver on taste, texture and visual appeal – the popcorn chicken still managing to defy nature in all its gluten free glory and this in spite of its visual and taste resemblance to KFC. The salmon remains its refreshing usual self and a flavoursome honeyed fish delight to the tastebuds.
But the five spiced squid, lemon, chilli & soy is the standout; the Thai influence highlighting this dish as quite the taste sensation. There’s plenty of opportunity for menu envy when the impressive seafood platter is on offer. Tier upon tier upon tier of the sea’s fruits from oysters to moreton bay bug, cured salmon and king prawns is truly a wow dish, and entirely appropriate to this riverside location.
So too is the seafood linguini with mussels, prawns, pippies, tomato and chilli, the beer battered market fish, skinny fries, lemon and tartare and crispy skin salmon, potato, peas & mint salsa. The servings are visually appealing and even better on the palate. Simple fish and chips, seafood and pasta or salmon and three veg it might be, but the tastes are far from elementary.
For the carnivores, grain fed eye fillet, mash, green beans bone marrow butter and jus hits the spot – especially when the kitchen serves up a beautiful rare steak. Watching the bone marrow butter melt into oblivion is merely the start of many joys with this dish. For add ons, the roast pumpkin salad & its seeds, watercress and goats cheese leaves a richly nourishing taste with the palate and stomach. There’s a clean taste about all these dishes, unblemished by too much oil or seasoning; allowing for the fresh ingredients and quality produce to simply speak for themselves. These immaculate dishes are further heightened by Watt’s famed house Vinaceous wines. The crisp flavours echoing pear and citrus notes from the 2012 Vinaceous ‘Sirenya’ Pinot Grigio from Adelaide Hills are complementary to any of the seafood dishes. The classic McLarens taste of the 2012 Vinaceous Red Right Hand Shiraz Grenache Tempranillo from Margaret River enhances the flavours of the steak fillet; the spice and licorice tones full on the palate.
Finally, for the sweet tooths, the crème brulee tart, poached rhubarb and mascarpone again manage to defy nature. The creamy sweetness balanced by fruit and creaminess means this dessert is a rich finish to an elegant meal. Add a vanilla espresso martini and there’s no chance of retiring – even if the belly is full.
For thirteen years, Watt Restaurant + Bar has stood out as a classic destination, reflecting a relaxed lifestyle by the riverside through a contemporary Australian menu and its alfresco space. It’s as casual, romantic, dressy or occasional as you make it.
Photo Credit: Lady Lex and Marc Casolani