Thanks to DK at Excuse Me Waiter I had the pleasure of visiting Whitewater restaurant in Manly just last week for a group lunch. The restaurant is situated at the end of the corso right in front of Manly beach and serves up a mixed Modern Australian menu with plenty of seafood.
Grilled lobster w/ lemon butter sauce, chips and garden salad
When I saw that the menu had a lobster dish I knew that I had to order it. As expected the lobster itself was a bit small in portion but it sure was delicious. I also really enjoyed the lemon butter sauce, it’s a great sauce for lobster but also works really well with the chips served on the side.
It’s rare that I’ll visit a seafood restaurant and not order some form of squid, whether it be prepared deep fried or otherwise. The tasty fried squid served at Whitewater has an interesting Asian influence (five spiced squid!?) and is served with soy sauce and aioli on the sauce.
I have to admit this was an odd item on the menu, it seemed a little out place. I definitely am not complaining though since I always love a good peking duck and this was no different.
The double rib combo was definitely a crowd pleaser, delicious pieces of pork and beef ribs smothered in a nice tangy marinate and served with thick crispy chips. These disappeared pretty quickly but that really just goes to show how good they really were.
The fish and chips turned out to be quite a large serving and was literally falling off the plate as it arrived. The taste of fish and chips is pretty hard to differentiate in most cases but this particular one was served very crispy which is how I (and hopefully most people) enjoy fish and chips.
I personally wasn’t a big fan of the trout, though I’m not generally a fan of fish prepared this way. The salad was good but I don’t enjoy horseradish so I avoided this dish in general.
There are actually quite a few interesting sides on the menu. I love broccolini and mushrooms so these were both ordered by myself, mushrooms and lemon butter sauce are a heavenly combination.
I love a nice affogato so I decided to go with the plain affogato as a dessert to finish off the meal. There’s also a great selection of cocktails, wines and other alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks on the menu.
I’d have to say that I enjoyed the lunch, the venue is great for groups and the interiors are quite nice. The food didn’t blow me away by any means but it’s unpretentious and straightforward which is actually a nice change once in a while, though of course you pay a premium for the location!
Mr C dined as a guest of Platinum Restaurant Group and Whitewater.
All views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.