In all the years I’ve lived in Brisbane, I have never been to the South Bank Surf Club. I have also never swam in the manmade beach (aka what I call the “kiddie piss pool”), which is partly to blame for why I have never thought to visit the South Bank Surf Club.
But the SO recently went to Lazy Girl A’s 30th birthday drinks at South Bank Surf Club and came away with good feedback, so when the invitation to join South Bank Surf Club’s tweat-up dinner, I was ready and up for it.
South Bank Surf Club is very spacious and its private dining area is perched at the very top, overlooking to the South Bank beach. All very pretty, but at a tweat up, it’s all about the food and when you have a view of water, it should be seafood. And there was no doubt seafood was the night’s highlight!
And just look at how it started…
These oysters are baked in a rockefeller sauce and it’s the first time I’ve ever tasted one. If you’ve never heard of Rockefeller oysters, there’s a great little story about it and you should read it. The best bit is the baked crispy top and if you’re not a fan of fresh raw oysters, then you might like oysters this way.
But these smoked sardine soldiers were my favorite entree of the evening. Sourced from South Australia, these sardines are served dressed with a fine herb mayo, fresh lemon and watercress.
Everyone got to choose their own main and I wanted to tackle the Moreton Bay Bug, and this one came with a really beautiful salad. I’m a sucker for salads when the weather turns warm and this one had mango. Big fresh sweet thumbs up! Served with bean sprout, cucumber, lettuce, capsicum and shallot salad with Nuoc Cham dressing. There was only one huge problem with the Moreton Bay bug – there wasn’t enough of it! I would’ve gobbled up another one in 2 seconds flat.
The SO on the other hand, chose the pan roasted half chicken. The chicken has a Moroccan influence and came served with spiced chickpeas and chorizo salsa and lemon creme fraiche.
Perhaps the most impressive visually at the table was the BBQ Beef ribs. These were monsters! And to prove they were treated respectfully, the flesh slipped off the bone as if it has been buttered with just a little touch.
By the end of the night, I was stuffed more than a Thanksgiving turkey and I came away impressed with what South Bank Surf Club had to offer.