We had been to this restaurant many years ago and had good memories of the place. The years however have not been kind. First things first - the location is great, nestled in the bush and the eco-friendly design builds some pretty significant expectations and offers the proprietors the best opportunity to do something special.
Alas, they have somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
We arrived to find there was no parking and we had to "go bush" to find a space. Despite the staff telling us that they would let us know where and when to move - never heard a peep back on this front. Then we were invited onto the deck for a pre-dinner drink, no-one came to take an order and my brother, dying of thirst, crawled to the bar to take matters into his own hands. So far, so bad. We then sat down to order (having to ask for bread and eventually to order food) little did we know how long we would be sitting - slowly getting hypothermia in the cold evening air (my wife needed a blanket).
An eternity to order, an eternity waiting for entrees. The main event was really the major let down - my sister-in-law and I had ordered the roast lamb. Now, call us odd, but roast lamb generally means cooked which was not what arrived. Initially we weren't sure and the candlelight made it difficult to ascertain - well done, medium or rare. One bite made it clear that the lamb was nothing short of raw - quite an accomplishment considering it had taken nearly two hours to arrive. In fairness, the waiter we had from 'Derry in NI did the best he could and took the plates back and was able to provide our table with the best entertainment of the evening when apparently the "chef" felt we had missed the fact that "roast lamb" actually meant "sous-vide lamb" or cooked in a water bath. In our world - raw is raw - and the menu should disclose the cooking method being used properly.
In any event we tried to skip through the rest of the meal as fast as possible to escape but did have lots of laughs at just how bad the food experience had been.
In short, Jervis Bay is a wonderful place and when wanting to have some interesting food and bush experience we can only suggest you avoid Gunyah at all costs. Go to the local fish and chip shop, grab some locally sourced seafood and sit down on a deserted beach with a bottle of wine. Better food, better value, better ambiance.
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