Deckhouse

Sitting by the calm waters of Woolwich Pier, Deckhouse oversees the gorgeous skyline of Sydney. I highly recommend going out there for a picnic or even just a simple walk. I did for my birthday – let me tell you, it was one of the most relaxing things ever.

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I was lucky enough to enjoy quite a couple of dishes at the Deckhouse (thanks to Ryde Swim School), they are incredibly busy so make sure to book ahead!

Sourdough with garlic butter
Sourdough with garlic butter

These woodfired bread was LAVISHED in butter. It was to the point where the butter was soaking through the bread….which I absolutely loved. The garlic and rosemary was subtle and was addictive, yet also extracted the sourness of the bread.

Pear, Rocket & Pecorino Salad
Pear, Rocket & Pecorino Salad
Garden Leaf Salad
Garden Leaf Salad

Both salads were flavoursome and fresh. Great balance between the sweet and savoury however, with the garden salad, it was drowning in oil, especially at the bottom of the bowl. It almost felt like I was eating oil straight out of its bottle.

Rib eye with chips & salad
Rib eye with chips & salad

Deckhouse only cooks their steak to a medium, however, it was cooked more towards a medium rare. There was a lack of consistency in its cooking method as the outer edge was more tough and chewy whilst the middle was soft, tender and juicy.
The chips was crispy and well seasoned and the gravy had a rich and dark flavour.

Blue swimmer crab & parpadelle
Blue swimmer crab & parpadelle

The lemon & dill creme sauce was smooth and silky, served with generous heapings of crab. The let down of this dish was the pasta. It was on the harder side and I had bits of pasta clumped together and was incredibly hard to eat.

Oven roasted chicken with grilled mushrooms, potatoes & tomatoes
Oven roasted corn fed chicken breast with smashed potato, garlic, vine tomato confit, wild mushroom jus

The chicken breast was cooked perfectly. It had a natural sweet flavour and was enhanced by the tomato sauce like confit and the mushroom jus. The jus itself was a little tangy and salty to my liking but when eaten together was well balanced.

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Strawberry tiramisu with lavender, apricot biscotti
Strawberry tiramisu with lavender, apricot biscotti

The tiramisu is light and full of strawberry flavour- both artificial and fresh. Make of that what you will, I definitely prefer mine all fresh. The biscotti had a light lavender flavour but I could not taste the apricot at all.

Chocolate fondant with vanilla glace
Chocolate fondant with vanilla glace

Overcooked. No gooey, oozing chocolate for me.

Star anise meringue with rosewater, manuka glace
Star anise meringue with rosewater, manuka glace

Star anise meringue, oh where was the star anise?
The rosewater manuka ice cream was smooth and had a lovely sweetness which was not overpowering. Rosewater can be a hit and miss. There was lovely berry coulis at the bottom which was tart and sour, cutting through the sweetness of the dish.

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Service was a tad slow and consistency lacked but overall, good food and excellent views might I add.

I’ll leave you with a bit of Sydney skyline taken by my lovely friend!

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Til next time!

Alice

Aesthetic Communications

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