Saturday, 15 November 2008

Eating at Ebb, again

Dinner last Friday night, and lunch last Sunday at Ebb Restaurant were, for Rita and Rita jnr (Miss Bec), an absolutely huge gastro delight. We travelled to Swansea to check out Ebb’s new-ish menu, and found it, yet again, fabulous.

Now let me make a disclaimer straight away. I have never hidden the fact that my son works at Ebb. That doesn’t alter the fact that Darren, the chef and owner of the business, is a fantastic chef, and that more people than one caring mother of a staff member swear by his food.

Bec and I partook of the following:
Tasmanian Seafood Chowder, served with parmesan bread (an Ebb specialty) $16.50
Sugar cured Cape Grim beef with peanut praline, crispy shallots and Vietnamese salad tossed in sesame oil dressing $18.50
Oven baked fresh fish (Blue eye) locally caught from Bicheno, served with carrot and potato rosti, fresh melon salsa and sweet mustard dressing ($32.50)
Roasted duck breast with maple and black pepper glaze, carrot and cumin puree, rosti potato and salad of shredded beans and pistachio $32.50
(We had the white chocolate panna cotta with passionfruit ice cream and watermelon granita $16.50 lined up for dessert but ended up not having it, as we just couldn’t eat another thing)
Rita also drank a gorgeous drop of Panorama Noble Sauvignon Blanc $8.50/glass

The chowder: to die for. Up there with Cornelian Bay’s.
The beef combo: I could have stopped there, and should have ordered a mains size of it.
The fish and duck were splendid. Bec hadn’t had duck before and now is a firm fan.

Lunch on Sunday was a no-brainer:
We shared their hot and cold platter for one, and found it excellent value for money which filled both of us amply.
On the cold platter (pictured above) were: an oyster shooter (sake, mirin, soy, chilli) and a natural oyster, poached abalone (poached for 6 hours in bonito, seaweed and miso) and somen noodles, hot smoked ocean trout Caesar salad, cured salmon with wasabi crème fraiche
On the hot platter were: scallops seared with pancetta, crispy skin atlantic salmon with citrus salsa, steamed mussels and lobster ravioli and olive tapenade salsa.
It was priced at $65 for one, and $120 for two people.
This platter was a class act, and anyone wanting a great cross section of Tasmanian seafood, lovingly prepared to showcase the separate flavours contained within each morsel, should try this one.

I will be extremely surprised if anyone goes there and is not impressed with the food. I’m putting myself out there with this call and happy to do so – want to prove me wrong? I dare you!
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Anonymous said...

I'm there Rita.