Published on October 9th, 2013 | by Ann Rickard0
Tides Restaurant – Caloundra
If you could ask for anything more tantalising than the aromatic waft of a rich chowder coming at you on a sunny Sunday afternoon, it would be to have that waft floating in on a sea breeze.
That’s how it was last Sunday at Tides Waterfront restaurant in Caloundra.The scene before us was quintessential seaside: Norfolk pines overlooking a pleasantly crowded beach,watercraft buzzing backwards and forwards, relaxed people with towels wrapped around swimsuits walking the footpath, some licking ice-cream, others carrying boxes of fish and chips.
As for us, up on the veranda of Tides Waterfront restaurant surrounded by the sophisticated white decor, we had that fragrant bowl of chowder to contemplate, complete with delicate micro- herbs on top of mussels, fish pieces, prawns and potato slices. We also had some fascinating goat cheese balls to consider: golden orbs sitting on a smear of saffron mayonnaise with small piles of artichoke salad. All on a grey slate. Very fancy. But not pretentious.
Tides is elegant, all right. But it is also approachable, especially with a lunch special of two courses for $35 or three for $45.
That this special runs seven days a week is testament to the welcome you receive here. Most such specials usually run only on week days.
While we would love to have dipped into the a la carte menu – there were oysters, ravioli, confit duck leg waiting there – we were very happy with the multi-choices on the special menu.
As well as the goat cheese balls and the chowder, there were scallops with roasted red pepper and smoked bacon salsa, and seared prawns with cucumber salad. And that was just the entree list.
The four main choices looked good – a seafood linguini and barramundi with buttered leeks and a saffron mussel sauce, and the twowe went for: prawns with chorizo and cherry tomatoes and a 200 gram rump steak with truffle parmesan potatoes and watercress salad.
The prawns were more than generous, towering on top of each other in the rich sauce; the steak, man-sized with enough potatoes to share.
Desserts were a choice of a vanilla pannacota, chocolate mousse, apple and berry crumble and French triple cream brie with quince paste.
Considering the white linen tablecloths, the billiondollar views and the prompt, knowledgeable service, it was all exceptional value.
The wine list is outstanding. Dare you go for the Louis Roederer Cistal at $295 or the 1998 Grange at $990? No? Then there are plenty of excellent offerings by the glass (averaging $10 a glass) and a savvy range of every variety at good prices.
Tides is obviously out to provide for all tastes: those who love a good special (us), those who love to linger over a long a la carte lunch (you?) and those who don’t want to think too much and have their food brought to them with a Chef’s Tasting menu of six courses ($79) matched with wines ($49).
Chef Anthony Shone presents elegant and nuanced food in a sophisticated yet beachy atmosphere.
To see a video of this dining experience.
Tides Restaurant -Colaundra