Thursday, January 14, 2010

Bells at Killcare

Beautiful setting, some hits, some misses

My best dining partner (husband) and I had a lovely, relaxing holiday up the Central Coast. Most nights we cooked simple meals in our little serviced apartment, but one night we decided to splurge and have a nice meal out.

Except we didn't really need to splurge, because when we called up Bells at Killcare to make a reservation, we were told that Tuesday night is locals night, and they have a special deal that means we could have a two-course meal for $39....score!

I've always wanted to come here, every since I knew that they cooked from their own little garden. Imagine, fresh produce straight from the garden :)

Pre-dinner drinks in their comfy lounge area:
Raspberry bellini & a coke
Complimentary olives and cheese biscuits
Bread (including some rosemary bread) and olive oil
First course:
Seafood, potato and saffron soup

This was a beautiful, light soup, with generous chunks of fish and calamari.
Main course: Panfried pork cutlet with braised borlotti beans and tomato
I was excited about the crackling, there's nothing better than good pork crackling.
It was the best part of the dish, unfortunately. The cutlet was overdone, so the meat was too dry to enjoy. I only got through half of it.
Main course: Whole grilled fish (leatherjacket) served with salsa verde
My husband said it was good, but it was hard work to get through the fish. Is leatherjacket always a challenge to eat?
Side dish:
Rosemary roast potatoes
Dessert: Nougat semifreddo with peaches in Zibibbo
little chunks of chewy nougat through the creamy semifreddo. It was a warm day though, so it was a race against the sun to eat the dish before it melted away!
View from our table
107 The Scenic Rd, Killcare Beach, Central Coast, NSW 2257
http://www.bellsatkillcare.com.au
ph: (02) 4360 2411
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 6:30pm-10pm; Fri-Sun 12pm-3:30pm, 6:30pm-10pm

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