Birthdays, FOOD, Food reviews, Friends, Uncategorized SURPRIISE BIRTHDAY DINNER @ THE BOATHOUSE 1 November 2007



The Boathouse
Ferry Road
Glebe, NSW 2037
$$$$$

“I’ll pick you up at 6:30 after work”, he said. This also just so happened to be the evening of my birthday (31 Oct).. so of course I went “Oooooh!!” He’d hinted that friends may be invited, so I poked around best I could to get someone to spill the beans on who’s going, and where it was. Unfortunately, my friends are rather good at keeping secrets and convinced me that they knew nothing about the dinner, nor were invited.

So at 6:30pm, I hopped into the car and we picked up one of the girls, then headed to The Boathouse. Oooooooooh!! I’d only been there once, years ago when an agency took me there for a lunch. I remembered the food was blimmin’ fantastic with gorgeous views, but just hadn’t had the chance to go back. ‘Til now 😛 The restaurant is an expansive open room that looks out across Blackwattle Bay at the fish markets and the city behind, or left towards the stunning Anzac Bridge… and are famous for their awesome modern Australian food.

Mid-way, came the next surprise: call from my parents! Well, I kinda knew the surprise in the car, because the original plan was for Chris to call mum & dad on his phone then pass the phone to me. But his phone died so they called me directly instead 😛 It was soooo nice to hear from them, right during my birthday dinner! It’s one of the most thoughtful things anyone has done for me 🙂

The service is probably the only not-so-great thing about the restaurant. Whilst professional and polished, it lacked that certain element of warmth and general friendliness. Much to our disgust, Chris had planned to surprise me with a Tiramisu birthday cake (ok, that wasn’t the ‘disgust’ part, that was the ‘swoon’ part!) but they point-blank refused to cut/serve the cake.. saying “you can order dessert instead”. Bloody hell! ;(

Fortunately, the food was really fine and absolutely delish, especially their star dish, the Snapper Pie. We went a little crazy with the oysters at the start too, and polished off the meal with some decadent desserts. It was a beautiful meal, downed with some beautiful wines, and amongst beautiful friends 🙂


The Boathouse

Interior

Happy as a clam

Hee!!

Beautiful people

Rose wine: Longview “The Boathouse” Nebbiolo Adelaide Hills SA 2007 (AU$49)
White wine: errrr.. some Reisling that I forgot 😛

Bread. Not terribly exciting since the butter was plain.

The Boathouse are famous for their freshly-shucked, juicy oysters.
They were divine!! We ended up with 2 platters 😛

At ~$4 each, they don’t come cheap though..

Ocean Trout Roe with Potato Blinis, Wasabi & Creme Fraiche (AU$45)
This was ridiculously $$$$$$$$$4 but was just WOW.

I’ve never tasted this mix of flavours before in my entire life *swoons*

Looking rather snotty

Busy eating our caviar & blinis

Random table shot

Me and a girl friend

French friends!

Roast Tasmanian Southern Rock Lobster with Soy Beurre Noisette (AU~$100)
The lobster was tender, juicy and sweet. Ahhhhh!!!!

Roast Blue Eye Trevalla from Browns Mountain with Broccolini, Eschallot, Preserved Lemon & Oyster Salt (AU$41)
Very lovely and healthy, but I think I prefer creamier, richer dishes 😉

Dishing out our Snapper Pie

Snapper Pie with Smoked Tomato & Mashed Potato (AU$45)
BEST DISH OF THE NIGHT. The rich buttery truffle-infused flavour was awesome!

Mixed Leaf & Cress Salad with Banyuis Vinegar Dressing (AU$8)

Hand Cut Fries, Fennel and Lemon Salt (AU$10)

Double Chocolate Pudding, Strawberries, Chantilly Cream & Chocolate Ice Cream (AU$18)

Grilled Mango Sorbet, Mango Pannacotta, Mango Sushi Rice (AU$18)

Petit Fours

All the girls

My wonderful friends

Thank you for organising such a wonderful birthday! 🙂


96 Comments

  • ptechnix posted on November 1, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    What is up with my face? Looks like I had some bizarre facial twitch.

    That being said, glad you had a great time 🙂 I know I did. Gosh, it feels like ages since I’ve had Oysters so they really hit the spot. I must go buffet’ing soon to get my Oyster fill.

    Sucks to the restaurant with their no external cake policy though. Tres silly…

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:02 pm

      You and Erica look fab in the top pic I reckon, thanks to the awesome photographer *nudge*
      It was a fun night, just wish it was a Sat the next day!

      Reply
    • baby_charlotte posted on November 1, 2007 at 11:12 pm

      Flying Fish doesn’t allow cakes from outside either!!

      Reply
      • ptechnix posted on November 1, 2007 at 11:22 pm

        Dang… I guess trying to bring a cake into a fine dining establishment probably isn’t the same as bringing your own cake into Lonestar or The Outback Steakhouse… 😛

        Reply
  • am_klutz posted on November 1, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Happy belated bday! 🙂 Glad it was lovely for you! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  • babyflite posted on November 1, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    The caviar was amazing! Merrill and I almost always order the same dishes when we go to the Boathouse: oysters, snapper pie and the rocket & pear salad. At least now we have an extra dish to order! :p

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:03 pm

      That caviar was my fav dish I think, followed closely by the snapper pie. Mmmm….

      Reply
  • blairwitch posted on November 1, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Wow, the food looks fantastic and you look so happy! 🙂 I am glad you had a great time. Chris certainly does know how to treat a woman 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:04 pm

      I had a really nice evening… and *nods* he sure does, teehee!

      Reply
  • valska posted on November 1, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    What a wonderful celebration and the food looks absolutely delicious!

    And I’m dying to find out about the happy story between you and Chris. 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:05 pm

      It was quite decadent so I want to go easy over the next few weeks.. I feel guilty about spending so much $ this month!

      Reply
  • blueeyezz posted on November 1, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    What a great way to celebrate your birthday. You’re a very lucy girl!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:05 pm

      I think it was one of the nicest b’days I’ve had.. what a nice way to go into my ‘late-20s’ hehe!

      Reply
  • blueberrykisses posted on November 1, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Happy belated birthday! 🙂 the restaurant looks amazing – i better start jotting down all these fab places so i’ll know where to head for food when i go down to sydney again heh.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you! Ooo and yes, there are so many awesome restaurants all over Sydney 🙂

      Reply
  • fuchsiacow posted on November 1, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    happy birthday!! (belated though…)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:06 pm

      thanks!!

      Reply
  • misskesha24 posted on November 1, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    Hey There!

    First let me say Happy Belated Birthday! Are you and Chris back together? I know I have been missing in action for a while but as soon as things settle I will update my lj! But it seems you had a great time and the food as always looks so good!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:07 pm

      Hi hon, welcome back to LJ land and thanks for the bday wishes!

      Reply
  • curlsjang posted on November 1, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    Happy birthday! You guys look so happy and you have ‘the glow’ on your face, not the wine but a certain love glow!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:07 pm

      Hehe… quite possibly! It was just a lovely evening with such goooooood food, mmmm

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on November 1, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    sooooooooooooo fun!!

    Roast Tasmanian Southern Rock Lobster with Soy Beurre Noisette WOW!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:08 pm

      It was so $$ but really good :)~
      sorry aboutnot replying to your email yet, my inbox is crazy full! But SO GOOD to hear the good news *hugs*

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on November 2, 2007 at 4:46 am

        haha, =) can see that!

        heeee thanks babe. mwaks!

        Reply
  • etherealprey posted on November 1, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    omg i HATE it when places are that snotty and refuse to cut the cake or have the nerve to charge $$$ to cut the cake for you! That’s so cheap of them, like cmon its a birthday celebration. how dare you not cut the cake? I had a similiar experience too with my friend we had to go elsewhere for the cake cutting and such. But it looks like you had a happy birthday, so that is good…hmmmm oysters….

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:09 pm

      yeah, such tight asses! it’s silly of them to do that because bad word of mouth travels quickly…

      Reply
  • jujubee715 posted on November 1, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    happy birthday! your lobster made me drool!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:09 pm

      Someone else ordered it but I had a bite, it was delish!

      Reply
  • j0s1e267 posted on November 1, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Happy Birthday again! Chris is utterly sweet on you 🙂 The food looks awesome! Have a wonderful year ahead!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:09 pm

      It was a really awesome evening 🙂
      And your icon..LOL

      Reply
  • sweetchastity posted on November 1, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    happy birthday!

    i know have an uncontrollable craving for oysters. ahhhh. last time i ate 32 oysters in one sitting!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:10 pm

      Eek 32?! I would feel so sick after that, hehehe

      Reply
    • ptechnix posted on November 1, 2007 at 11:24 pm

      Wow… someone that can finally rival me in the Oyster eating stakes 🙂

      Reply
  • ptechnix posted on November 1, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    What is up with my face? Looks like I had some bizarre facial twitch.

    That being said, glad you had a great time 🙂 I know I did. Gosh, it feels like ages since I’ve had Oysters so they really hit the spot. I must go buffet’ing soon to get my Oyster fill.

    Sucks to the restaurant with their no external cake policy though. Tres silly…

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:02 pm

      You and Erica look fab in the top pic I reckon, thanks to the awesome photographer *nudge*
      It was a fun night, just wish it was a Sat the next day!

      Reply
    • baby_charlotte posted on November 1, 2007 at 11:12 pm

      Flying Fish doesn’t allow cakes from outside either!!

      Reply
      • ptechnix posted on November 1, 2007 at 11:22 pm

        Dang… I guess trying to bring a cake into a fine dining establishment probably isn’t the same as bringing your own cake into Lonestar or The Outback Steakhouse… 😛

        Reply
  • am_klutz posted on November 1, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Happy belated bday! 🙂 Glad it was lovely for you! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  • babyflite posted on November 1, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    The caviar was amazing! Merrill and I almost always order the same dishes when we go to the Boathouse: oysters, snapper pie and the rocket & pear salad. At least now we have an extra dish to order! :p

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:03 pm

      That caviar was my fav dish I think, followed closely by the snapper pie. Mmmm….

      Reply
  • blairwitch posted on November 1, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    Wow, the food looks fantastic and you look so happy! 🙂 I am glad you had a great time. Chris certainly does know how to treat a woman 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:04 pm

      I had a really nice evening… and *nods* he sure does, teehee!

      Reply
  • valska posted on November 1, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    What a wonderful celebration and the food looks absolutely delicious!

    And I’m dying to find out about the happy story between you and Chris. 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:05 pm

      It was quite decadent so I want to go easy over the next few weeks.. I feel guilty about spending so much $ this month!

      Reply
  • blueeyezz posted on November 1, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    What a great way to celebrate your birthday. You’re a very lucy girl!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:05 pm

      I think it was one of the nicest b’days I’ve had.. what a nice way to go into my ‘late-20s’ hehe!

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Whoo! Looks like an awesome night! But OMG, so expensive!! Yet, mmmm, the food looks SO good! Wonderful for a special event! 😀

    But yes, totally BOO on them for not serving the cake!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 2, 2007 at 10:23 am

      Yeah the prices were a bit of a killer. Nice for a special occasion but now it’s cheap eating for me!

      Reply
  • blueberrykisses posted on November 1, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Happy belated birthday! 🙂 the restaurant looks amazing – i better start jotting down all these fab places so i’ll know where to head for food when i go down to sydney again heh.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you! Ooo and yes, there are so many awesome restaurants all over Sydney 🙂

      Reply
  • itsabot posted on November 1, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    Happy belated Birthday!! Looks like a delicious dinner and desserts as well! :P~

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 2, 2007 at 10:23 am

      Thank youuu!

      Reply
  • fuchsiacow posted on November 1, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    happy birthday!! (belated though…)

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:06 pm

      thanks!!

      Reply
  • misskesha24 posted on November 1, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    Hey There!

    First let me say Happy Belated Birthday! Are you and Chris back together? I know I have been missing in action for a while but as soon as things settle I will update my lj! But it seems you had a great time and the food as always looks so good!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:07 pm

      Hi hon, welcome back to LJ land and thanks for the bday wishes!

      Reply
  • curlsjang posted on November 1, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    Happy birthday! You guys look so happy and you have ‘the glow’ on your face, not the wine but a certain love glow!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:07 pm

      Hehe… quite possibly! It was just a lovely evening with such goooooood food, mmmm

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on November 1, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    sooooooooooooo fun!!

    Roast Tasmanian Southern Rock Lobster with Soy Beurre Noisette WOW!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:08 pm

      It was so $$ but really good :)~
      sorry aboutnot replying to your email yet, my inbox is crazy full! But SO GOOD to hear the good news *hugs*

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on November 2, 2007 at 4:46 am

        haha, =) can see that!

        heeee thanks babe. mwaks!

        Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on November 2, 2007 at 2:29 am

    What an awesome meal, great surprise!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 2, 2007 at 10:23 am

      It was really rich, but i guess the diet starts tomorrow:P

      Reply
  • etherealprey posted on November 1, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    omg i HATE it when places are that snotty and refuse to cut the cake or have the nerve to charge $$$ to cut the cake for you! That’s so cheap of them, like cmon its a birthday celebration. how dare you not cut the cake? I had a similiar experience too with my friend we had to go elsewhere for the cake cutting and such. But it looks like you had a happy birthday, so that is good…hmmmm oysters….

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:09 pm

      yeah, such tight asses! it’s silly of them to do that because bad word of mouth travels quickly…

      Reply
  • jujubee715 posted on November 1, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    happy birthday! your lobster made me drool!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:09 pm

      Someone else ordered it but I had a bite, it was delish!

      Reply
  • j0s1e267 posted on November 1, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Happy Birthday again! Chris is utterly sweet on you 🙂 The food looks awesome! Have a wonderful year ahead!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:09 pm

      It was a really awesome evening 🙂
      And your icon..LOL

      Reply
  • sweetchastity posted on November 1, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    happy birthday!

    i know have an uncontrollable craving for oysters. ahhhh. last time i ate 32 oysters in one sitting!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:10 pm

      Eek 32?! I would feel so sick after that, hehehe

      Reply
    • ptechnix posted on November 1, 2007 at 11:24 pm

      Wow… someone that can finally rival me in the Oyster eating stakes 🙂

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on November 1, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Whoo! Looks like an awesome night! But OMG, so expensive!! Yet, mmmm, the food looks SO good! Wonderful for a special event! 😀

    But yes, totally BOO on them for not serving the cake!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 2, 2007 at 10:23 am

      Yeah the prices were a bit of a killer. Nice for a special occasion but now it’s cheap eating for me!

      Reply
  • kathsonno posted on November 2, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Looks like you had a great night! What a lovely restaurant! Hope your birthday was fab! xxx

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 2, 2007 at 10:23 am

      It was! This is one ofmy favourite bdays ever:D

      Reply
  • waltzmatz posted on November 2, 2007 at 7:43 am

    ooohh! 🙂 So sweet my tooth is aching 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 2, 2007 at 10:24 am

      Hehe i know.. dessert was so sugary! Delicious though 🙂

      Reply
  • itsabot posted on November 1, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    Happy belated Birthday!! Looks like a delicious dinner and desserts as well! :P~

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 2, 2007 at 10:23 am

      Thank youuu!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on November 2, 2007 at 2:29 am

    What an awesome meal, great surprise!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 2, 2007 at 10:23 am

      It was really rich, but i guess the diet starts tomorrow:P

      Reply
  • kathsonno posted on November 2, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Looks like you had a great night! What a lovely restaurant! Hope your birthday was fab! xxx

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 2, 2007 at 10:23 am

      It was! This is one ofmy favourite bdays ever:D

      Reply
  • waltzmatz posted on November 2, 2007 at 7:43 am

    ooohh! 🙂 So sweet my tooth is aching 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 2, 2007 at 10:24 am

      Hehe i know.. dessert was so sugary! Delicious though 🙂

      Reply
  • makeupmag posted on November 2, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Food, love, friendship…what a wonderful birthday! Have a very happy and blessed one! 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 2, 2007 at 9:28 pm

      Hehe you’re right, maybe i should change the theme at the top of my LJ 😛

      Reply
  • makeupmag posted on November 2, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Food, love, friendship…what a wonderful birthday! Have a very happy and blessed one! 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 2, 2007 at 9:28 pm

      Hehe you’re right, maybe i should change the theme at the top of my LJ 😛

      Reply
  • chocolatesuze posted on November 4, 2007 at 1:30 am

    the lobster looks awesome! happy belated bday!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 4, 2007 at 5:35 am

      Thanks hon! The lobster was divine but sooo $$ arghh

      Reply
  • chocolatesuze posted on November 4, 2007 at 1:30 am

    the lobster looks awesome! happy belated bday!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on November 4, 2007 at 5:35 am

      Thanks hon! The lobster was divine but sooo $$ arghh

      Reply

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