Christmas Special – Berth Restaurant and Bar

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Address: 45 New Quay Prom, Docklands, VIC 3008
Phone: 03 9670 0199
Website: www.berth.com.au

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Foodie Partners: Ci Ci

Yes, I’m well aware that it is no longer Christmas :P I’ve just been enjoying the summer, the parties, and the drinking over Christmas so much that well… I just haven’t been super quick in posting it up. So my apologies!

On Christmas Eve, Ci Ci and I decided to head out to the Docklands for a Christmas Eve dinner as neither of us had any plans for the night, but it turned into a very long night out, as we were later invited to a Christmas party by my best friend Joanna.

So we headed out to Docklands, and arrived into what seemed like ghost town. It was incredibly quiet, and hardly a soul in sight. I guess we arrived pretty early, however  I never realised it would look that deserted!
As it was pretty early, we decided to check out the restaurants surrounding the pier, and decided to dine at Pier as it looked pretty nice. So we went in and made a booking, and headed back to my car to pick up my camera, as I had left it in the boot.

Docklands

Docklands


We started off our meal with a bottle of Rekorderlig Strawberry & Lime cider. The 500ml bottle yielded two glasses, and we were absolutely astonished by the beautiful presentation of the drinks! So beautiful I almost fell off my seat, and needless to say I kept staring at it like a little kid staring at a big ice cream cone haha. The drink itself had a really beautiful and sweet strawberry scent to it. It was so nice, it has now replaced my all time favourite: Pear Cider.

Rekorderlig Strawberry & Lime Cider

Rekorderlig Strawberry & Lime Cider


Unfortunately the main courses were a disappointment.
Prior to Berth I had the best Kangaroo fillet experience at Meat & Wine Co (Which I’ve yet to blog), and their kangaroo was done to perfection – medium rare, and was superb.

Unfortunately, here it was very tough, and over cooked. I believe the kipfler potatoes, beetroot and the balsamic glaze saved the dish, as those parts were done very well. But if the main element – being the kangaroo, is not done well; it’s classified a disappointment. I personally wouldn’t order this again unfortunately.

Grilled Kangaroo Fillet (Kipfler Potatoes w/ Beetroot, rocket and topped w/ a balsamic glaze

Grilled Kangaroo Fillet (Kipfler Potatoes w/ Beetroot, rocket and topped w/ a balsamic glaze

The prawn risotto is another disappointment. It was EXTREMELY salty, that taking each mouthful felt like I was eating spoonfuls of salt. The salt content is almost comparable to the salt content that Sofia adds to their risotto, which is almost an offensive statement to make for a place like Berth, as Sofia is the very average family restaurant.
However, the prawns however were tender, but the over saltiness of the dish made it a true disappointment. I had to add a lot of pepper to my plate to soften the blow.

However, I do need to note that the waitress service was great, and allowed us to change our sharing plates after we finished our grilled kangaroo fillet.

Prawn Risotto w/ baby zucchini and fresh dill, and cherry tomatoes finished w/ lemoncello liqueur

Prawn Risotto w/ baby zucchini and fresh dill, and cherry tomatoes finished w/ lemoncello liqueur


Luckily the desserts turned out to be amazing. Ci Ci and I felt like we were in heaven when we were eating our desserts.
The White Chocolate Brûlée turned out very nicely, and the sweetness was just right. Personally I didn’t like the mixed berry compote, but Ci Ci did. I don’t really like over sweet things.

White Chocolate Brulee - served w/ a mixed berry compote

White Chocolate Brulee - served w/ a mixed berry compote

The other dessert we ordered was the Cookies n Cream. The presentation was very cute, with the small jug of hot chocolate sauce, the homemade honeycomb on the wooden board, and the ice cream in the chilled glass.
We poured about half of the hot chocolate sauce into the ice cream, and by the time we had it, it had harden up (Just like Cottees Ice Magic, but softer, and slightly chewy). Also the cookie crumbs made it crunchy and so delicious to eat. Loved every bit of it. And the vanilla ice cream was just perfect!

The homemade honeycomb was really nice, however it was very hard and stuck to my teeth when I chewed on it! >_< Otherwise, a perfect dessert! (Both the creme brulee and the cookies n cream)

Cookies n Cream - Vanilla bean ice cream topped w/ crumbled pieces of choc chip cookies, homemade honeycomb & hot chocolate sauce

Cookies n Cream - Vanilla bean ice cream topped w/ crumbled pieces of choc chip cookies, homemade honeycomb & hot chocolate sauce

Overall, the dining experience (the view & presentation) was well done, the service was superb but, unfortunately the main courses were a disappointment. I’d probably go back only for the dessert!

 

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