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NOT: Boatshed Restaurant – Regatta Hotel, 543 Coronation Drive, Toowong.

After a week off work gallivanting around the US, no rx I returned to the office to find my colleagues a little frazzled and disheartened – as it turns out, medications I had taken leave at the worst possible time and they were left to fight fires and battles that would normally fall in my bucket of things to do.  With not a huge amount of sympathy, but a cunning idea to get back in their good books, I suggested we head to the Boatshed Restaurant for a steak and some cool ales at my expense.

I’ve always quite enjoyed a Friday lunch at the Boatshed Restaurant – the venue is open and breezy with a nice casual, summery vibe to it.  It literally feels like you’re dining in a super-sized boatshed but with a distinct lack of sweaty bodies wearing unflattering lycra outfits.

Same vibe on this most recent occasion, however the food and the service were most disappointing.

Once seated we were kept waiting for over 10minutes before even being asked if we would like a drink.  From there, it took almost 20 minutes for our beers and ciders to arrive.  Several waiters wafted past without making eye contact and this pretty much set the tone for the rest of our stay.

Onto the food….and on a positive note, we shared a dozen oysters Kilpatrick ($27.50) which I must say were up there with the best of them (and I’ve tried a lot of oysters over the years!).

Unlike the drinks, the mains arrived quite promptly.  I decided on the potato gnocchi with a sauce of chardonnay, parmesan, olives and roasted plum tomatoes ($25.50).  Perhaps too heavy a dish for this time of year, but in any case the gnocchi was stodgey and didn’t seem overly fresh to me.  The tomato sauce lacked vibrancy and flavour and if it weren’t for the visible chunks of plum tomatoes I could have sworn a tin was to blame for the lack of flavour (but hey, even I can make tinned stuff taste good!).

DP has a penchant for fillet mignon, so chose the 250g grass fed Bos Indicus ($32.50) medium rare.  Unfortunately the chef missed the mark on the medium rare as it was closer to medium-well and my colleague, renowned for being a whinging pom, now had some new ammunition to play with.

PT chose the 450g Sirloin on the Bone ($34.50) with a side of traditional Caesar salad.   There weren’t too many complaints from his side of the table, however he remarked that he wouldn’t rush back to the Boatshed Restaurant for a steak any time soon.

That was the general consensus within the group.  I suspect we were all mostly disappointed with the service, which is a shame as I’d really hoped to impress the crew with a tasty meal and a new experience.  I still won hearts and brownie points, but I don’t think the same goes for the Boatshed Restaurant.

  • Boatshed Restaurant – Regatta Hotel, 543 Coronation Drive, Toowong +61 73871 9533
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  1. Went to the Boatshed 12 months ago, and also 5 years ago and sadly, in all this time, the drink service is still appalling. In my experience, I could not get anybody’s attention for a second glass of wine following my meal and left with that “never going back” feeling.

    Posted by Foodie | December 6, 2010, 4:03 pm

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