The Boat Shed

www.misopeckish.comHaving heard good reviews about The Boat Shed in Nelson and is an iconic local restaurant situated along the waterfront.

I had earlier made a reservation for dinner, but then as we drove by around lunchtime, Plus decided that we should come here for lunch instead. 

I was thinking that we would not get a table as we did not make a booking for lunch.  I was actually astounded of the lack of customers it had.   There was only one other couple there and this was about 12.30pm.

We were able to get a table without any issues.  The majority of the tables are held within the restaurant with a handful of tables on the deck which is also sheltered from the wind and cold.

Seared Beef Buschetta w celeriac, capers & cornichon mayonnaise $4 per piece – the beef was the highlight of this dish.  Nicely seared on the outside, which left it to be fairly tender in the inside.  There was a hint of spice on the beef which was a nice touch.  the combination of the spice, capers and the mayonnaise hit the right spot for me as I took my first bite.   I did not want to share it with Plus 1, so we ordered another piece.

Seafood Soup w groper, mussels, cockles, potatoes & cream w bread & butter, creamy soup with a small selection of the seafoods mentioned above.  It was nice, however nothing overly exciting.   The bread was a house baked sourdough which was fresh and soft.

Grilled Ribeye Sandwich w avocado, fried egg, chutney and mayonnaise for less than $19 I thought was a bargain and decided to order it.  The steak was thin as I had expected, but the worst part was that it was over done.

Side – Brussels Sprouts w Sautéed Onions and Bacon was simply delicious.  I guess you cannot go wrong with this combination which was nicely seasoned.

I do not understand why this is rated highly.  Food is more or less ordinary, or perhaps this is the case for lunch, but dinner may be different?   I do not think I will be in a rush to return especially for lunch, as there are other cafes which I would like to try on my next visit.

Location:  350 Wakefield Quay, Nelson

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