I have done the whole Rockpool wagyu steaks before and it definitely was a pleasant experience. But for lunch this time round we really wanted to try the bar menu which included their infamous wagyu burger. When asked about this seating, we were surprised to not be seated at the bar but at a back section of the main seating area. I was running late that day so I played no role in choosing any of these dishes, except for the burger of course.
I actually really liked sitting in this more secluded area because it meant we got a lot more privacy, plus last time I melted having been placed next to the windows.
The onion rings were a recommendation from the waiter and they were really good. The batter was quite light and not too oily. I was also in awe of how very onion-y the rings were. You’d think this was a given but many places seem to have almost no onion in their onion rings and you are eating deep fried batter the whole time. The tomato sauce was quite bland but this suited the rings well.
This dish was definitely a lot smaller than we had anticipated. I am usually very anti-mince but this meat was very juicy. But as a pasta dish? Very average.
Now the much anticipated burger. It looked pretty damn enticing when it came out. The first thing I did was nibble on the meat patty. This crazy thick slab was very succulent and the slightest bit crispy. But once I devoured the whole thing I was a little underwhelmed. The relish was quite sweet, the gruyere not that salty and the bun very average. I did like that it did not get soggy quickly and you can’t really condemn that awesome wagyu.
I don’t think anyone can come here and not have their other infamous mac and cheese. Many friends have tried to imitate its simple deliciousness but none have yet to beat it. But I felt that this time round our dish had less speck on it than last time and wasn’t as flavoursome.
The seafood stew was another huge surprise dish that we ended up really enjoying but maybe not quite for the right reasons. The mussel and fish in it were ok, but they soaked up enough of the spicy (not that hot) soup to become tasty. The octopus was also quite tender and the risoni was absolutely delectable having been completely immersed in flavour. The thing we enjoyed? The bread and aioli dipped in the almost tom yum-like soup. That combination was mouthwatering. It left me wishing for more of the bread.
As always the service was prompt and I just love the serene atmosphere here during lunchtimes. Although I felt a little more neglected seated in this area but I am definitely fine with that. I was a little short on time so we didn’t get to have dessert but from our previous visit I highly enjoyed the green apple sorbet and the odd combination of a strawberry tart with a balsamic ice cream, both of which don’t seem to be on the menu right now. Overall I find that I enjoy most of their dishes and have yet to find that standout one which would draw me back indefinitely.