I’m almost tempted to say the Regatta Hotel has been around forever, but that’s probably an exaggeration. It has been around a very long time though and has been a well-established watering hole for those living in the Auchenflower/Toowong area.
While it took them awhile to complete the $10 million restoration program after the Brisbane January 2011 floods, Boatshed at The Regatta Hotel reopened its doors to the Brisbane public in August 2012. And feedback has been it looks like the $10 million bucks.
The Boatshed is a large upmarket steakhouse restaurant, known for its steaks.
Therefore it comes as no surprise that its first feature that struck us were the slabs of meat, aging in the clear display refrigerator behind the cashier counter. Combined with the leaping flames in front of the open grill, it is a strong visual reminder that this is a place for carnivores.
I enjoyed my slow braised lamb on the bone, which lay on a bed of smooth creamy mashed potatoes. The meat fell off the bone, but on its own, the meat is not particularly flavourful, but when coated with jus and slathered with mash, it is sensational. I could’ve done without the peas.
The SO was the only one at the table to tackle a piece of beefy goodness. He chose to have chips (the alternative was a baked potato) and mushroom sauce to go with his order of the rib eye 300gsm. A little salad of fresh veg also played bridesmaid to the combo.
The meal came out looking like the simplest of the dishes at the table, but I’m willing to put it out there that it was the tastiest. And that is all because of that steak. It was very well-seasoned, filling an already watering mouth with primal succulence.
The SO chose to have his Affogato with Kahlua, while Luke went with Bailey’s. Oddly enough we couldn’t find the liquor options on the menu, but the boys knew what they wanted. Those who are not familiar with Affogatos might have a harder time, so if you’re one of those, both the Kahlua and Baileys options went down a treat once mixed with the hot espresso, which got chilled to the perfect sipping temperature with the addition of the ice-cream.
However the Boatshed‘s chocolate fondant pudding had my name written all over it. The rich dark chocolate is delightfully decadent. Topped with a sprinkle of chopped walnuts, I drilled for the heart of chocolate lava gold with my spoon and was rewarded with the lazy dark ooze that had me moaning with pleasure. Don’t worry if you’re easily overwhelmed by chocolate, the berry jam is tarty and peanut butter gelato is smooth coating.
The food at Boatshed is a treat, but service could be better. It was difficult to get the attention of our waitress, who seemed to parked at a station checking papers and punching buttons on the with her back turned to us.
And the following incident was not a good reflection on the staff’s attentiveness. During the course of the evening, a waitstaff walked over with coffees. We had not ordered them and turned him away before they were placed down, to which some other staff member directed the waitstaff to the correct table. When we got the bill, I discovered we had been charged with the coffees and when this was highlighted to the staff, there was no apology for the oversight and the explanation was that they simply didn’t remember which table they had put that order against.
While a certain amount of human error is to be expected in anything, the ‘shrug, oh well…’ attitude was somewhat annoying. The coffees were taken off the bill, but the shine of the experience had been a little tarnished.