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Boat Cafe on Oriental

Aaaah, the visit to an old friend.  It’s so good to see some things just keeping on keeping on, even if in a different location.

Boat Cafe retains the charm of its Parade Cafe origins, in food, atmosphere and staff.  And with even better views.

Boat cafe 2 for 1

I’d noticed on a recent Saturday morning that they’re doing 2-4-1 Wednesday dinners, so what better excuse to blow out the cobwebs after a corporate day than a waterfront wander and dinner with great views.  And scored a table in the bow of the boat (around a large number of booked tables I must say), so got to enjoy those views to the full.  Nice.

He of the girly cocktails chose the wagyu beef burger and fries (damned fine fries I might add) and mine was the pan-seared fish of the day with garden salad, chunky chips, lemon and homemade tartare sauce.  Both very pleasant, nicely presented and value for money (even without the deal).

Boat cafe food

Had I had room for dessert I was eyeing up the Winter Warmer Granny Smith Apple Crumble with vanilla ice cream candy floss and passionfruit coulis, or the Cheese Platter of Puhoi triple creamy brie, distinction blue, tarragon & garlic havarti with oat crackers, dried fruit and nuts, with the addition of a bottle of Tresillian Cerelia 375ml Spatlese style Riesling to complement the platter for only $22 more.

I’m definitely coming back just for dessert!

Boat cafe views

Despite confirmation that the management remains the same, in recent times the cabinet offerings have seemed a bit more varied and refined (as was my groper dinner), so whatever the Boat Cafe are doing, its clearly working.

A pleasant mid-week interlude.

148 Oriental Parade.




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