Last weekend, two girls J and A from my high school group finally celebrated upon becoming 18! It has been quite a while since uni started that we had a group catch up so their birthday dinner was the perfect solution for bringing everyone back together (a friend even came down from Canberra for the weekend for this!), although another who moved to Melbourne couldn’t make it… Nonetheless, it was a great night full of laughs, usual girly gossips, food snappings, self-photo takings and teenage roars/screeches which I kind of feel bad about to our fellow diners that night! The two birthday girls planned their birthday dinners at Firefly- Walsh Bay, which was located opposite amazing views of the waters and large decks. If any of you two are reading this, happy birthday once again, finally 18 and thank you for inviting me to celebrate the day with you guys and hope that you guys also had a great night!
J and A- the birthday girls looking purty sippin that lemon lime bitters.
Just a big bunch of girls in a quite tiny restaurant!
Since we were such a big group, the two probably thought it’d be easier to get the banquet, so we all had the $49pp deluxe banquet which consisted of 7 tapas style sharing plates sans dessert so in the end, we all chose one dessert each and had a slice of birthday cake- which I honestly wanted to make for them but just didn’t have the time and bought instead (sorry!)
Salmon was creamy and definitely moreish, perfect on the toasts
ROAST BEETROOT SALAD
w/ house labne, walnut, mixed leaves
CALAMARI FRITTI w/ aioli and fresh lemon
Calamari was a tad too chewy/tough but the batter, aioli and lemon covered for it effectively
w/ truffle oil & fresh shaved parmesan
Not enough truffle flavour but the fries itself were nice and crisp, just like how they should be!
LAMB AND PORK MEATBALLS
Lovely flavour from the two meats combined in a very hearty sauce
CONFIT PORK BELLY w/ romesco & balsamic onions
Pork cooked perfectly tender, great flavours from the onions and witlof. My favourite savoury dish for the night.
w/ pomegranate, olive, pearl barley, sweet potato
The meat was moist and tender, lovely pomegranate bursts. Really nice altogether.
VANILLA CREME BRULEE
The best creme brulee I’ve had. Custard was super smooth, not too sickeningly rich. True to its name, it’s got the right amount of vanilla flavour (not too subtle, not too overpowering) and yes, the sugar cracks from the back of the spoon. Bliss.