Romano’s Italian Restaurant – Hamilton Island

January 24, 2011

Last week was a very special one for Dining with a Stud. Stud and I headed off to Hamilton Island with his parents for a week and whilst enjoying the crystal clear beach that is Whitehaven, Stud proposed!! So we headed back to Sydney a little sunburnt, very relaxed and completely engaged!! 🙂

For our celebratory dinner while on the island, we headed to Romano’s, a fine dining Italian restaurant right on the marina with a great view.

When we arrived, we were asked if we wanted to sit in the lounge area for a pre-dinner drink but we gratefully declined as it was on the buggy ride down to the restaurant that we realised just how hungry we were! Swimming, snorkelling and general lazing about really does take it out of you 😉

We were seated just next to the stairs on the upper level and although we first asked to move down to the lower deck, we were glad they had said no as not long after, a screaming child was giving it yeehah so with our seat we were far enough away to not let it bother us.

A cocktail was in order! I got the Summer Breeze (Absolute Citrus, Peach and Pear) and Stud ordered the Italian Margarita (surprised?) which pretty much tasted like a normal margarita but it was orange. Mine was very sweet! I love sweet cocktails though. I’m not one for the turn-your-face-inside-out sourness or the leave-your-mouth-fury dry cocktails. I like mine to taste like boozey skittles J We also ordered a bottle of wine for after the cocktails but it was brought out immediately after they had put them on our table. This was fine and admittedly we didn’t say it was for after (common sense though?) but I just found it a little unusual that they cracked and poured the wine after only having a sip of the cocktail. Oh well, we ended up alternating anyway so was all good.

For our entrees I ordered pan seared scallops with a pumpkin puree and proschiutto while Stud ordered the beef Carpaccio with pecorino and rocket. We were very impressed with the food! I loved my scallops as did Stud but he wasn’t sure about the beef saying it lacked a little flavour. I tried his and thought it was bang on!

Normally in a restaurant I like to order something I wouldn’t normally have, or at least try and mix it up a little (when Stud and I first started dating, I got a bit of steak overkill so I don’t order it too often now) so the menu took great consideration. I had finally narrowed it down to pork or barramundi. Knowing we were going out the next night to another 5 star restaurant, I opted for the pork and decided to save my fish fix for the then (post to come).

Stud wanted to have the pumpkin ravioli however burnt butter sauces make him slightly angry and guess what the ravioli was served with? Yup! He even asked the waiter to see if he could get a bolognaise sauce with the ravioli (don’t ask) and the waiter suggested perhaps a Napolitana? I agreed so Stud gave in. The waiter then returned to say that the chef said he could do it, but he didn’t think it would taste very nice. So after all that, he went with the Parmesan crusted lamb.

Both dishes really surprised us. They were so packed with flavour and the meats were cooked perfectly. I had a little trouble getting the rosemary twig out of my pork but that might just be my special needs :/

The evening was made much more special by great service, superb food and a view you could stare at forever. Ok I’m getting a little cheesy reminiscing but it was an important dinner and Romano’s definitely made it very special.

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6 Responses to Romano’s Italian Restaurant – Hamilton Island

  1. Stud on January 24, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Yum – that night was awesome. XXX

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on January 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Ahh Hamilton Island is gorgeous! I really loved the food that I had there last year and this looks great too 🙂

  3. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) on January 31, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Great restaurant. Hamilton is a lovely island. Went there few years ago and was amazed with the choices and quality of restaurants available.

  4. Forager @ The Gourmet Forager on February 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Congratulations!! And lucky to get out before the weather and impending cyclone spoilt the memory too! And when you’re happy, doesn’t everything taste nice? 🙂

  5. Gastronomy Gal on February 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Sounds like a lovely night. I’ve never been to Hamilton. I think it is hilarious that stud doesn’t like burnt butter sauces…. why oh why?

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    […] Romano’s Italian Restaurant – Hamilton Island – A special dinner held on the night that Stud proposed. Hamilton Island will forever hold a very special place in my heart. […]

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