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Posted on: April 21st, 2005, 11:43pm Quote Report to Moderator
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Ros, Leece and myself finally went here for dinner Tuesday night.

CdP is predominately a seafood restaurant, with passing nods to pasta and other dishes - and the delivery of the dishes shows this. I ordered the Rack of Lamb with Red Current Jus special ($29.50), which arrived on a rather bland garlic and parmesian mash - and nothing else other than the sauce! Ros, by contrast, ordered the Fish of the Day (Red-throated Emperor - $29.50), which arrived on a stack of roasted potato, with a wide selection of lightly steamed vegetables and a lemon-butter sauce. Leece ordered the Spaghetti Marinara ($21.50), which came with a thick, chunky, and well balanced sauce, with lots of seafood - mussels, calamari, fish, prawns, and clams.

The service was attentive, and the outside seating quite pleasant on a cool evening - even the passing foot and car traffic was fun to watch!

For drinks, Leece had a James Boag, and I had a soda and lime. These arrived promptly, and were at typical restaurant prices. Ros stuck to water.

Leece reported that her spaghetti was perfect, with a good flavour that did not overpower the tastes of the individual seafood flavours, and it was a generous serve. Ros's fish was a decent but unremarkable size, but she reported it to be very tasty - and polished it off in good order! My lamb was perfectly cooked, and very nicely seasoned - and with 6 cutlets in the serving, a good size. The only disappointment was the lack of sides with what was a high-end dish.

Desserts followed, and Leece and myself ordered gelati - and were very pleased. The trio serve for $7.50 is a good deal, and Ros's Banana and Mango Teacake was more of a pudding, but very flavoursome, and did not have any of the artificial aftertaste that so many of the display cakes tend to have. They also had a Tiramisu on display that appeared to have been made in-house, which is also a nice change.

We finished with coffee, and these were made by a staff member on her first try -  and she got them exactly right! This says many good things about the front of house staff, as was the visit by head waitress to check if they were OK.

All-in-all expect to spend about $50/head, or even more, as some dishes go to $35.50, or $47/head for a platter. This puts it in the top bracket of per-head costs, and is probably a little over priced if you are not ordering seafood.

7/10, mainly due to poor servings for non-seafood options, and a good local Brie at import prices on the Sid and Nancy scale.
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