I had a bit of trouble choosing my restaurants to review for Mushroom Mania. Did I want to go somewhere local or venture out to somewhere new? What type of cuisine did I want? Should I randomly pick a letter in the alphabet and then use the old ‘I, pick, you’ point-to-the-page method?
Making restaurant decisions has never been my strong point but in the end I went with localish restaurants that I’d been to but hadn’t yet reviewed. The last restaurant in my Mushroom Mania adventure was Eves on the river.
We arrived around 9am on Sunday and were seated quickly. I’d already checked out the menu online and knew what I wanted – there was a choice between a deep dish mushroom (and other things) omelet, that sounded way too rich for my belly and a halloumi and field mushroom toast which sounded much more to my liking.
Shortly after we placed our order out came the drinks. The apple juice was apple juice – nothing fancy but nice and cold with just a few cubes of ice so it didn’t get too watered down as they melted.
It wasn’t until we were ready to leave that we realised how quick the service had been. We were out of there by 9.40!
I’ve never been served green tea like this and I rather liked it. You know my thing about not ordering loose leaf because it gets too strong? Well this was the best of both worlds. I got all the flavour of loose leaf but I could take them out before it got bitter.
Will’s eggs Benedict came with a thick, meaty slice of fresh leg ham and creamy hollandaise sauce. The eggs were perfectly poached and nice and runny in the middle. I liked the way the ham was the perfect size and shape for the bread because I hate when a mouthful has to miss out on one of the elements.
I edited my dish a little from the menu. It was meant to come with poached eggs but I asked for scrambled with a side of avocado.
When it said roasted field mushrooms I expected them to be the the big meaty variety that I would need a knife and fork to cut through and could use to scoop up my eggs.
Sadly that was not the case and I was a bit disappointed when I lifted the halloumi to reveal three tiny and in my opinion, rather over-cooked mushrooms. I was quite disappointed seeing as I was here to sample my last mushroom dish. The spinach was in a bit of a clump too.
Despite the negatives, the halloumi was deliciously chewy with the essential squeak, my eggs were cooked beautifully and the avocado was fresh, ripe and creamy.
I usually keep the menu after I order so I can take a few photos for my post. This doesn’t come without danger. As I re-perused the menu the fresh fruit frappe jumped out at me. It was a good decision. In summer I usually start my mornings with a fruit smoothie.
The cold winter mornings have put me off in the last couple of months so a fresh drink was welcomed. Oh how I miss my smoothies.
Eves is a good restaurant for any occasion. Be it a Sunday lunch, where the kids run around outside on the lawn to an special dinner for two, it caters to all.
In the morning you can sit back and relax and people watch as the runners, walkers and riders parade by and then later watch the cute little kids playing on the lawn (we saw a very cute little guy learning to walk). By night the lights twinkle on the river making a rather romantic setting.
So what about you? Do you like a restaurant with a view and what would you have expected when it said ‘field mushrooms?’
ps – It’s not too late to enter to win $150 best restaurants of Australia gift card in the Mushroom Mania blog competition. Visit the website to find out more.
Eves on the river is located at 53 Vernon Terrace, New Farm. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Wednesday to Saturday opening at 7.30am and Sundays for breakfast and lunch from 7.30am.
This restaurant was reviewed as part of Mushroom Mania month which is happening across Australia during July. Claire K Creations dined at Eves on the River with compliments of the Australian Mushroom Growers Association.