We enjoy getting down to the Boathouse on the Maribyrnong River, especially on a gorgeous day. Seems like we’re not the only ones. We came across this review of it and must say, we loved it! Gary Mehigan’s Boathouse is introducing some exciting new changes in the coffee department, so definitely stay tuned for that. We’ll bring you more information on that as it becomes available. In the mean time we’ve re-posted this blog.
For a direct link, click here. Otherwise enjoy the read below!Monday, February 3, 2014
THE BOATHOUSE – Salad Days
7 The Boulevard, Moonee Ponds, Vic 3038
Views of the Maribyrnong
The Boathouse rests on the banks of the Maribyrnong in Moonee Ponds. It is a collaboration between Gary Mehigan – judge and co-host of MasterChef Australia – and Steve Bogdani, their vision being “to share life’s simple pleasures done really well”.
Dining on the deck
Some of life’s simple pleasures that I enjoy:
– Long, leisurely lunches with dear friends
– Gossiping over good coffee
– River views
– Friendly service
– Scrumptious food
The Boathouse: tick, tick, tick, tick, tick and tick.
Waiting for the oar d’oeuvres
You’d be excused for thinking three ladies at lunch would be all, “Ooh, I’m on a diet, I’ll just have a salad.” Well, yes, we did order three salads as it happens, but we’re not on diets, and thank goodness for that because the portion sizes were more cruise ship than canoe. (In hindsight, the nibbles of olives and chorizo and spicy meatballs were not necessary, though that didn’t stop us from polishing those off, too.)
Beets an’ egg salad
Vietnamese chicken coleslaw
If I had to pick a winner, it was the slow-roasted lamb salad with freekah, pomegranate and tahini; goddamn, that lamb was melt-in-the-mouth good. But the Vietnamese coleslaw with chicken, nuts and a wedge of lime was fresh, tasty and crisp, and the beetroot salad – with red quinoa, soft-boiled egg, walnuts and crème fraiche – was as tasty as it was pretty.
Get your freekah on! Slow-roast lamb salad
Other pluses: the space is vast inside and out, so even when it gets busy you’re still sure to find a table (though the car park can fill up). The room to manoeuvre, location on the riverbank, and excellent public playground on one side also means that prams and their owners are plentiful, but do not obstruct or overrun the place. And for parents of little ones who just won’t sit still, the Boathouse has a takeaway kiosk facing the playground for all your babycino-on-the-go needs.
My final verdict for Gary’s Boathouse? Nautical but nice.
Every boathouse needs a boat