Lugarno Seafood Restaurant – Lugarno

February 14, 2011
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While Stud’s parents were here for Christmas, we of course had to do the inaugural parents meeting parents and trying to find a restaurant that can accommodate such an event is no easy feat.

Stud and I has been to Lugarno seafood when we first moved to the burbs and were suitably impressed with the food – its down by the water and the seafood is very fresh – so we thought what better place.

We met my parents at the restaurant and were all shown to our table. We were a little disappointed that we didn’t get a table outside on the balcony overlooking the water however then thought it was probably for the best as Australian mosquito’s seem to have a bit of a thing for Scottish blood. Must be the fact that it’s imported or something?

The service was really great. All the staff are very attentive and friendly which makes you feel instantly comfortable.

Stud and I are a “halvies” kind of couple. We both discuss our thoughts on the menu and then decide on two dishes that we can both share hence getting the best of both worlds.

While waiting for our entrée, the waiter brought out some amuse bouche for the table. Avocado mousse on mini toast. I had 2 lol! They were beautiful!

The bread was also a winner for me and my bread fetish. Olive oil, sea salt, balsamic vinegar. Tres yummy!!

For entrée we decided on Kingfish & Salmon Sashimi and the Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab. The sashimi was perfect and we were left wanting more. In hindsight, sharing merely 6 slices of sashimi was a bit of a stretch for us but oh well. The crab was amazing! Just the right amount of salt and total crispiness! It went perfectly with the cucumber salad it was sprawled across.
 

For main I ordered Grilled John Dory Fillet with pea & snow pea leaf salad and Stud had Pan-Roasted Hiramasa Kingfish Fillet with chips and salad. Stud was extremely disappointed to discover that his fish wasn’t crispy skinned. You see Stud isn’t a massive fish-as-a-main man but after seeing it was kingfish and pan roasted, he figured (and I might have encouraged him) that the fish would have a crispy skin on it which he really loves when eating fish. I noted that it tasted a lot fishier than mine and although tasty, mine was better so after giving him a bite of mine, I hogged the remainder before we got to swap. Last time he had the veal Escallops and was disappointed with himself for not ordering it again (he now has a new found protest for veal after learning more about it – I’m proud of him for that, as tasty as it is).

My main – although also not crispy skin – was perfectly grilled and extremely moist. The pea salad had a great balance of acidity and the dish as a whole was a winner for me.

When the waitress asked if we would like dessert, my mum looked at me with a look that only meant “I will if you will” so I decided to share with her the Honeycomb & Marshmallow Ice-cream Sandwich with malt biscuits. This dessert was fab! It was basically a vanilla version of a Monaco bar made better by marshmallow and honeycomb chunks. Even Stud stole a little (and then a lot) after tasting it and he isn’t a massive dessert guy.

The meeting went well and the food was fab. Everyone really enjoyed their meals and walked away full and with a smile on their face. Always a good thing!

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  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on February 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Good to hear that everything went well with the parents meeting the parents! Mr NQN and are a sharing kind of couple too 😛

  3. Gastronomy Gal on March 4, 2011 at 10:50 am

    eeek- glad that everything went well. In theory C and I can never decide to share because he always wants a full main, but in reality, we basically share anyway. I do tend to steal quite a bit of his and in return he snares some back, much easier if we just halved in the first place.

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