So after our morning of absolutely beautiful coffee at Charlie Lovett, we went for a little stroll and decided to have lunch at The Boatbuilders Yard. It is quite an open restaurant and they deal with their tables being arranged absolutely everywhere by giving customers a nifty little electronic device you place on a sensor on the table. I’m sure the waiters get asked a lot about how the restaurant works because we were promptly gestured towards menus and told to order and pay first.
Location wise, The Boatbuilders Yard would be a fantastic place to take relatives/friends and have a good catch up outside. There’s a view of the Yarra River or Polly Woodside and on a nice day it is quite a pleasant place to enjoy a slow meal.
Food wise, we started with an entree of a salted cod croquette. The croquette was fantastic with a crispy exterior giving way to the soft mashed potato but I think I just didn’t like the salted cod.
Mains wise, my friend had the baked egg cassoulet with bacon and chorizo while I had the Mexican eggs. Whilst it was nothing to rave about, we enjoyed our meal. I was perhaps a bit more disappointed with my eggs than I should have been (they were fried well and the combination of beans and herbs were fine). Because the dish was called Mexican, I had expected a bit more oomph to it with perhaps a spicy or a tangy tomato based sauce mixed in with the beans or perhaps a bit more of a kick from the Manchego cheese.
Overall, it was a very laid back meal – our waiters came and left us very much to our own devices (unfortunately they forgot to bring us glasses of water like we had wanted but we still had some water from the coffee cupping).