“Oh, I heard it’s not great.”
As I was chatting to a colleague about this review, I realised like so many of us, they’d formed a view of something based on the downlow of others.
My mum, for example, will confidently list reasons why the latest blockbuster in the cinema is no good. Has she seen it? Goodness no. Has she skimmed a few scathing reviews in the paper? You bet.
Similarly with restaurants, a few reviews or negative headlines have people gossiping about it as if they’d personally found a hair in their food. If it’s a spot on the quarterly health code violation yarn though — fair game, tattle away.
Moral of the story, it can be beneficial to form your own views (just call me Oprah) and such was in the case with The Rowing Pavilion.
Sitting metres from the sparkling Canning River, we had a seamless experience from start to end.
We were quickly guided to our table by a friendly waiter. You order from a QR code, which has become a divisive part of dining out, though personally, for a casual meal, I’m not too fazed.
It’s a big and bountiful menu, designed to share, with plenty of crowd pleasers in the form of pizza, tacos, salads and bites.
Camera IconThe Rowing Pavilion: Summer heirloom tomatoes, house focaccia, whipped goats curd, geraldton wax oil ($18) Credit: Jade Jurewicz
The summer heirloom tomatoes dish served with whipped goats curd, Geraldton wax oil and house focaccia ($18) was a joy to eat. The only qualm is that its serving bowl makes it feel small despite being decent in size, and we could have loved a few extra slices of bread to soak up the cheesy and oily goodness that remained.
Camera IconThe Rowing Pavilion: 400g rib eye, dijonnaise, roasted rainbow carrots, salsa verde (served medium rare) ($49) Credit: Jade Jurewicz
The 400g rib eye — cooked medium rare — was served on a super-sized board served with roasted rainbow carrots ($49). It was quickly devoured, the dijonnaise and herby salsa verde two ideal accomplishments solo, or even better together.
The Thai chicken ($26) was a generous serving of tender, nicely charred chook served with an Asian slaw, chilli spiked coconut flavours and scattering of crispy shallots.
Camera IconThe Rowing Pavilion: Thai charred chicken, coconut, asian pickles, crispy shallots ($26) Credit: Jade Jurewicz
There is a lovely, laidback feeling at this venue and as my mum would say after simply reading this review, it’s worth giving a try.
The Rowing Pavilion
4 The Esplanade
Mon-Sun, 11am to late
Hallelujah for another venue that makes the most of our glistening waters. Menu is big and bountiful, full of tasty items that live up to its stunning views.