My parents paid us a surprise visit today and the other travel bunnie thought Stokehouse would be a perfect spot to take them to dinner. So we jumped onto a ferry from downstairs and took a very picturesque twilight trip to the restaurant.
We were the first table to be seated upstairs, a much quieter place than downstairs, where there the Stoke Bar occupied a section. I must admit that Stock House is situated at a beautiful spot of the River Quay and it's hard to find a table without a view. However, the interior seems simple and lacked creativity. The chairs reminded us of school chairs and the ceiling reminded us of lecture rooms.
The service was impeccable. We had high expectations for their food given the great professional reviews the restaurant had received and in addition, it's a one chef-hatted restaurant. Mooloolaba spanner crab salad, apple jelly, avocado, crème fraiche ($26.00) and Quail saltimbocca, cracked wheat, organic cranberries & freekah, goat curd ($25.00) were had for entrées, both of which we thought were nothing too spectacular. We could barely taste any crab in the salad. For mains, we had free range duck breast, almonds, caramelised quince, duck liver parfait ($41.00), pork cutlets ($41.00), salmon and Daintree barramundi (both $39.00 each). Surprisingly, the pork cutlets were the best dish out of the four.
The desserts were the best part. Both of the Chocolate nemesis ($19.00) and Pear frangipane ($18.00) were delicious. I especially loved the richness of the chocolate.
Stokehouse is a beautiful spot to enjoy a an evening out. It's something that you've gotta do once, but perhaps not twice for us.
Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $294.00