I had the smallest bottle of Sprite I've ever seen in my life!
Mum however didn't order the duck liver pate, since she has been known to make a pretty damn good pate herself. This suited me as I'm not pate's hugest fan.
Crab meat omelette with spring onion relish and sweet soy sauce $12.50
With a similar sauce used in peking duck, the fresh crab omelette was amazing. Very refreshing, and a full body flavour. I'd love to try and recreate this one at home.
Pan-fried roast hazelnut crusted goats cheese with lemon myrtle infused quince syrup $13.50
The hazelnuts worked so well with the incredibly creamy cheese. It was the quince sauce that really made everything work together. The sweetness really complimented the savouriness of the goat's cheese. Served with crackers, it was a great way to start dinner.
Chicken breast filled with semi-sundried tomatoes, spinach and fetta served with potato gnocchi and roasted red capsicum and tomato sauce $26.50
My chicken dish was truly amazing. Crispy skin chicken, filled with feta, semi-sundried tomatoes and spinach, was not dry at all. The red sauce was amazing, I think it might have had a hint of mint in it, that just brought it to life. This is only the second time in my life I've had gnocchi, so I can't say if it was good or not, as I'm not really an gnocchi-connoisseur, but it was delicious. Quite evidently hand made too.
Venison "civet" fore-quarters slow cooked in a red wine stock and served with a braised root vegetable and potato mash $26.00
The venison just melted away in your mouth. Just perfection on a plate. A rich red wine flavour dominated the dish, and worked ever so perfectly with the creamy mash potato. (Sorry about the fuzziness of the photo, still trying to learn the art of manual focus when you are photographing someone else's dish when they are in a hurry to eat it!)
Spring Bay Mussel Pot (1kg) steamed with white wine, dill & cream served with shoestring fries and garlic aioli $26.00
Mum seemed please with her 1kg of mussels. When we were waiting for the dish, I asked her if it was with a white wine sauce or a red sauce. She said she didn't know…. she obviously stopped reading after she saw '1kg of mussels'.
Served with fresh chips and aioli, it was a very good sized meal!
We all left nice and full, with good memories to start our long weekend. The staff were super friendly, with someone always around to great new customers who entered the restaurant. Our main waitress was delightful, she did tend to wink a bit though ;)
Check out the gang at Onba for breakfast, lunch, dinner or tapas!
They also have free 30 minutes of wi-fi if you buy a drink.
301 Elizabeth Street
Phone: (03) 6231 5931