The other travel bunnie took me to Sea Temple’s Seaduction for our anniversary dinner during our recent weekend getaway to the Gold Coast. We had made the reservation well in advance (at the beginning of January in fact) knowing well and good that the restaurant would be busy due to the Valentine’s Day weekend. Located in the Soul building, Seaduction provides a fine dining experience with an amazing oceanfront view.
We were seated at a corner table at the back of the restaurant despite our request for a window seat. The hostess advised us that a window seat would need to be requested at least two weeks in advance. When we told the hostess that we had made the reservation at least six weeks in advance, she said a simple “oh” and walked away. In all fairness, someone else did come over five minutes later to offered us another table located right in front of another couple but slightly closer to the window. We kindly declined her offer.
To start off the anniversary dinner, we had the chef’s complimentary beef pate amuse-bouche, which according to the other travel bunnie was delicious.
For entrées, I had the Seared diver scallops, served with black pudding crumble, sweet corn custard and carrot essence ($23) and the other travel bunnie had the Alaskan King Crab ‘natural’ with tarragon sponge, squid ink popcorn and baby greens ($22). Both of the entrées were really enjoyable. The presentation was visually enticing and the tastes were equally delicious. The delicate scallops were perfectly seared, plump and juicy in the middle, and they worked perfectly with the sweet corn custard.
Unfortunately the mains were nowhere near as nice. I understand the whole molecular gastronomy thing, but the Sous Vide duck breast, fruited sweet potato puree, lime confit and coffee foam ($40) and Twice cooked pork and crispy pig’s ear, served with cannellini bean puree, white asparagus and apple bubbles ($37) had so much foam and bubbles but the meat had little flavour. In comparison, the Broccolini with toasted almonds ($8) side was the highlight as the Broccolini was fresh and the almond flavour subtle but apparent.
Luckily, we finished the dinner on a sweet note with some rather delightful desserts both of which were beautifully presented: Velvet chocolate, marshmallow rice crunch, almond dentelle with white and dark chocolate soil ($19.50) and Peanut butter parfait, coconut oats, compressed banana, pistachio rock sponge and brittle, elements of fresh and jellified raspberry ($19.50)
In my opinion the service at Seaduction was subpar to fine dining restaurant standards and despite the romantic ambience highlighted with all the candles and flowers dotted around the restaurant, Seaduction failed to seduce.
Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $191.