Our end of year lunch was held in a room on the ground floor of the club with plenty of activity going on in the background in preparation for the Sydney to Hobart sailing race to take place later on in the month.
There was also a king tide which explained the water lapping up onto the decking.
There were 28 ladies at the lunch, which included 3 guests who have previously attended lunches.
As it was the Christmas lunch, members donated gifts to children and food parcels to families which were to be distributed by the Manly branch of the Salvation Army. One of our members kindly co-ordinates and forwards the gifts to the charity.
We were served a 3 course meal and 4 wines to match.
The aperitif wine was a Taltarni NV and started the afternoon off well.
An individual seafood plate with Sydney Rock Oysters (mignonette sauce) Tiger Prawns (cocktail sauce) Smoked Tasmanian Salmon,
Balmain Bug (tartare sauce) and lemon and Japanese seaweed salad.
This seafood plate was a very generous serving of fresh local seafood and presented on the plates beautifully.
The choice of main dishes were :
Seared fillet of Huon River Salmon with shaved fennel, coriander and sesame
Herb roasted Chicken Breast with pumpkin puree and green beans
Grass fed 300 gr Northern Rivers Sirloin on the bone, with chips and sauce Diane
The main courses were large sized portions and the salmon was the most favoured dish and went well with the fennel, coriander and sesame salad.
Some of the steak dishes did not arrive as to the length of cooking required. The steak was superb but needed more sauce.
The accompanying wines were :
Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc
Mt Adam Chardonnay
Mr Riggs, Gaffer Shiraz
The desserts were plates of canapes.
Lemon curd tartlets
Strawberry cheesecake pots with white chocolate crumb
Chocolate mousse with popping candy and beetroot cress
We had bottles of wine to give away which required answers to food and wine related questions.
Some thought a casual atmosphere, good position and a fun relaxing day with ok food.
The servings were generous, the service was adequate and there was something for everyone.
One expression was that the food was ‘club food’ and not a good choice for a wine and food society.