You can tell when it’s Summer in Sydney. We gravitate towards water, whether to swim in, sail on, or dine by. On the elegant Woolwich peninsula, around the corner from Cucinetta, you’ll find Deckhouse, part of the Dedes Group that owns Dedes, Flying Fish, and Watergrill. It’s a lovely setting, tranquil and hidden.
The menu, as you’d expect, has plenty of seafood.
We start with some garlic bread. Rather than stock standard garlic bread, it was toasted country style sourdough with lashings of garlic butter
Tempura crispy prawns with Asian sauce & slaw. These were enjoyable, but this wasn’t tempura – I would describe them as battered prawns instead given the thickness and texture.
Roast duck with watercress, orange salad & peking dressing – slightly tough but very well flavoured – however it was three tiny slivers.
Crispy soft shell crab on a pickled organic salad with chilli & green mango dressing – enjoyable and crisp
Seared tuna with lime crust wasabi, soya & soba noodle salad. When this came out, we had to check that it was the main course, the size meant we thought it was an entrée. The tuna was melting, but the noodle salad bland and boring.
Deckhouse fish & chips tempura batter & fat chips. Like the prawns, this was more a standard batter than tempura – though it was a good batter with flaky fish. It looked like a generous plate, but there really wasn’t that much fish on there.
Whole baked rainbow trout with wilted asian greens & tamarind glaze. A very generous dish which would have serverd two, and nice fresh Asian greens, but the tamarind was so incredibly salty that we had to scrape most of it away or the fish would have been inedible.
Tiramisu with mascarpone & coffee chocolate bark. A bit too dense and solid for my liking.
Steamed fig & golden syrup pudding with hokey pokey ice cream. Good texture from the fig, but a little bit of false advertising – we got plain vanilla ice cream and not hokey pokey.
Although the surrounds were lovely, and the staff were friendly, there were a lot of execution flaws in the food. I also found the children’s menu quite pricey (more expensive that one hatted Glass!) – the kids burger, at $17.50, consisted of a plain meat patty and bun, with some sauce, and a side of chips – what’d you’d pay for a gourmet adult burger with chips elsewhere. So I probably wouldn’t come back for lunch or dinner, but I might give breakfast a whirl given the setting.
Deckhouse, Clarke Road, Woolwich, ph (02) 9817 4394