Two friends and I decided to be pampered this Christmas. They were staying at the adjoining Boatharbour Motel, and I trained it down from Sydney for the day. Was it worth it! A perfect view of the harbour from almost all tables; a beautiful blue day; pleasant decor, formally dressed tables separated comfortably from each other. Each table carried a display of good quality nibbles - nuts, dried and fresh fruit, Turkish delight, chocolates, and White Christmas. The appetisers came on a shared plate, with crisp bread slices, pate, smoked salmon, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, and a decorated circle of polenta. The remaining three courses were a la carte. I chose prawns for the entree, traditional Christmas main course of ham, turkey and vegetables with stuffing, and Christmas pud with custard and ice cream. There were also scallops in the entree, steak with roast veges and Yorkshire pudding in the main course (this was a little unexpected, as roast beef would have sat better.) There was more interest in the presentation of the food, with my thick ham and turkey slices sitting beautifully on a spicy jus and sliced baby veges. The prawns were also not as expected; freshly cooked and half-peeled, sitting happily on curled vege slices in a mango-laced sauce. Dessert also featured a flourless chocolate cake, and apple crumble, again presented beautifully. Thanks to the Anchorage, with its unobtrusive, helpful service. There is another dining room with no sea view but which fits quite a large group (a touring group of older people the day we were there).
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