We’d been waiting for a few days for the weather to clear so that we could really enjoy the ambience of Tempest Restaurant / Bar / Teppanyaki in Scarborough, Queensland. It’s nestled in the bay in a prime spot next door to the Scarborough Marina and the fishing trawlers which fish this area.
The restaurant “Tempest” was named after the highest peak on Moreton Island, and it was where the fishermen would go, to check out the sea conditions. This area is where the famous Moreton Bay Bugs are found, as well as delicious fresh prawns, fish and other seafood.
You can’t really get much closer to the source of fresh seafood, other than if you’re catching it from your own boat! This quiet and unassuming restaurant from the outside, reveals it’s best side as it draws you to the verandahs which open up to a tranquil and relaxed view of the surrounding marinas and fishing trawlers moored in the protected harbour.
The sounds of seagulls swooping around the nets on the trawlers, the ripples of wind across the sparkling sunlit waters and the movement of people getting their boats ready to set sail on the neighbouring marina, take your thoughts away from the grind and monotony of daily life, and transport you to a world of relaxation and leisure. Its the perfect place to sit , eat and enjoy a beautiful day in Queensland. Whether you’re from this area or visiting, when you sit on the verandah, you can’t help but feel like you’re on holiday.
With a glass of bubbly and a beer, we sat and enjoyed the peaceful views of the harbour. This restaurant has a location and menu that will appeal to everyone. Specialising in seafood, with everything from Bugs to Sashimi grade Tuna and serving Pork, Chicken & Steak for those preferring meat, you’ll find something to tempt the tastebuds of everyone, including children.
The service is laid back, and the ambience of the restaurant is very chilled.
Mark ordered the Belly Pork and Scallops, with parsnip puree, root vegetables, and sweet soy jus and was delighted with his meal. Visually, it looked amazing. It was cooked to perfection, with crispy crackling and tender meat. Served on a dark plate, it created a visual feast with colourful vegetables , garnished with fresh sprouts and slivers of radish. The colours gave it a fresh spring appearance.
I was served the steamed Barramundi fillet with sake mussels, lemon, mushroom, bak choy and a slice of crusty bread. This dish didn't have the same visual appeal as Mark's, but it did have an interesting presentation of the enoki mushroom, which resembled a type of coral I’d seen whilst diving. Because of the nakedness of the Barramundi displaying it’s trademark dark lines and greyish flesh, it just seemed to lack visual freshness which I find makes a dish enticing.
After taking my first mouthful, I was very pleasantly surprised by the taste and the way the fish was perfectly cooked and melted in my mouth. The fish broth was delicately balanced, with a lemon and chilli flavour and I ended up thoroughly enjoying my meal. Perhaps the garnish on my dish had just been forgotten, but what mattered most, was that is tasted mouthwatering.
After discussing the pro’s and con’s of the two desserts we were debating about, we ended up going with Meg (the Maitre d’s) personal recommendation, and we were super happy with that choice. Good advice, thanks Meg!
We decided to share the Bourbon Sticky Date pudding which is a definite must for any die hard sticky date fan. It was beautifully presented on a dark Japanese style pottery bowl, garnished with cut strawberries, a glass of butterscotch sauce, edible flowers, thick cream, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was a visual delight, and tasted every bit as good as it looked.
In addition to the Teppanyaki bar, the cuisine has a touch of Japanese fusion, and the restaurant prides itself using products directly sourced from local fishermen and farmers. They have the philosophy of ‘ simplicity executed perfectly’, where they prefer the produce to do the talking, and it certainly spoke to us.
Out of curiosity, we asked another couple having lunch on the deck of the restaurant near us, whether they enjoyed their lunch, and they replied. “Oh yes, we live nearby, and come here regularly. We come for the specials, and just love the food and the views.”
We couldn’t agree more, we could sit for hours enjoying the views from this restaurant , and we can’t wait to come back and try some other tempting dishes from the menu, perhaps next time we’ll try the Teppanyaki Bar, or indulge in a Scarborough or Tempest Platter!
by Susan Tong - Global Travel Channel.