Saturday, 10 November 2012

Taroona Lounge Bar

Situated along the windy Channel Highway is an open plan restaurant with a beautiful view of the Derwent River; Taroona Lounge Bar. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner and offers takeaway pizzas from their wood-fired oven too.

AJ and I decide to try the lunch and pizza menus over two visits. There is a good variety of menu choices; vegetarian, seafood, steak, pasta and of course their wood-fired pizzas. As we were waiting for our table we even noticed a staff member bringing in logs of wood in a wheel barrow. 

For lunch, I tried the prawn, chilli and garlic fettucini and AJ had the tempura battered fish and chips. 

The fish was coated in a perfectly prepared tempura batter - it was wafer thin and a pleasured to enjoy. The tartare that accompanied was also light and flavoursome. 

The fettucini was well cooked, the sauce rich but unfortunately the prawns were cooked just a little too far for my liking. Judging from the menu posted on the restaurants website this dish usually comes with Chorizo and I think that would have saved it for me. 

 On a later visit we tried some of their wood fired pizzas; a pepperoni and a stock-standard hawaiian (except I added prawns to see how they came prepared this time).  

The pizzas came on a light and crisp base that had the smokiness from the oven and just raised the flavour profile of all the toppings. AJ's pepperoni was nice and spicy and there was a good balance of toppings. My hawaiian was excellent; delicately sliced leg ham, juicy prawns (perfect!) and just the right amount of cheese.

Taroona Lounge Bar offers a great spot for locals to catch up and have a drink and either enjoy their delicious pizzas or dine on some gourmet fare. 

The view is excellent and the room is bright and inviting. The prices are fair at around $20-25 for most of the mains and pizzas at around $15. The drinks menu is also quite extensive with a well stocked bar and plenty of wine and spirit choices to please.

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