enjoying the morning sun on the deck of our ocean view room
English seafood guru and TV chef extraordinnaire Rick Stein, has been very cautious about his first restaurant venture outside his home of Padstow in Cornwall, England. Of all the locations in the world that would kill to have his resident star power he chose the sleepy beachside hamlet of Mollymook on the New South Wales south coast. Bannisters Lodge and Spa already had a highly regarded restaurant but when you re-badge it 'Rick Stein at Bannisters' can you live up to the stratospheric expectations that come with that international reputation?
From early reviews late last year I thought not. Food reviewers were criticial that Rick Stein's many business interests often called him away from Bannisters leaving the very able Julian Lloyd behind the stoves most of the time. Anyone who understands the global demands on stellar chefs knows this criticism is a little unfair. Rick Stein can't be everywhere all the time. But then again when you call your restaurant Rick Stein you know that's what people are expecting occasionally.
We must have been lucky....
cocktails and wine at the bar overlooking the wind-swept headland at Bannisters Point
anything with a glace cherry says summer to me
Blissfully relaxing - Bannisters' infintiy pool is a magical experience. Where does the pool stop and the ocean begin?
Now, on to the main event....
The dining room is clean and simple with white linen table cloths and covered chairs
But it's the view that's the real killer...
For entree I select the special lobster ravioli with a white wine and cream sauce and spinach
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