Fo0die dined as a guest of Berth and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
We arrived at the waterfront venue Berth on a Friday evening after work just in time to catch the sun as it was setting.
This was my third visit, having been twice before for work farewell lunches and Mr J’s first.
The venue is perfectly located, just on the edge of the waters with floor to ceiling glass windows all around to maximise the waterfront views.
On entry, there’s stairs on the right to go up to the next floor which we assume serves as both a private function area as well as additional seating when required. Walking further into the venue, the bar is on the left with some bar seating available.
Walking around the bar, there’s a couple of steps up into one of the dining areas. All tables have views of the waters (just make sure you pick the seat facing out towards the water!)
The view from the table we were seated at. The venue also has outdoor seating around the outside and on a sunny day, the view would be stunning.
Berth’s A4 menu is double sided; one side has their breakfast menu which is available until 5pm and the other has their lunch and dinner menu. The lunch/dinner menu is broken down into creative headings such as “Let’s Chat” for snack items, “Smaller Things” for entrees, “Hi Carb” for pastas, “Low Carb” for salads, “From the BBQ” and “Usual Suspects” for all things in between.
For entree we ordered the wild mushroom arancini and scallops from the “Smaller Things” section. The arancini was crispy on the outside with pieces of mushrooms inside and a nice truffle flavour which was not overpowering. Scallops were perfectly cooked and went nicely with the natural sweetness of the cauliflower puree.
For mains, I had the kangaroo fillet which had a nice grilled flavour to the tender meat. This type of protein is always risky as it can be very tough if its cooked well done; thankfully this was not the case here. This was served with a chunky style mash potato with mustard seeds, making it very appetising.
Mr J chose the duck ragu which he has been eyeing ever since I showed him the dish from one of my earlier visits. Cooked in a slightly sweet sauce with plenty of mushrooms, carrots, celery and chunky pieces of duck, the pappardelle was cooked al dente (but not too al dente such that it tasted uncooked). Mr J noted that there was probably oil drizzled over the top of the dish as some bits of the pappardelle had a different flavour to the tomato based sauce.
To finish off we ordered this adorable honey pot with a chocolate mousse underneath and a honeycomb ice cream and honeycomb pieces. Perfect way to finish off a meal.
While the venue is casual, the presentation of the dishes and offering is a notch above the normal casual eateries and would be an ideal venue for when you are after something a little fancy but casual and not necessarily a full fine dining experience.
Dishes that make up this review
- Wild mushroom arancini with truffle aioli and sticky balsamic ($15)
- Hervey bay scallops in the half shell, cauliflower puree and macadamia dukka crumble ($20)
- BBQ kangaroo fillet marinated in apple cider with baby potatoes and rich jus ($29)
- Pappardelle duck ragu; wild mushrooms, herbs in a tomato sugo ($26)
- Chocolate honey pot; layers of cocoa crumble, honey cream and honeycomb ice cream ($14)