I was on the road last week and stayed over in Halls Gap. There isn't a huge choice of eateries in Halls Gap, so when I walked past this place and observed the menu, I thought "why not?". There was a good choice of light meals, entrees and mains.
It doesn't look like much from the street, and with a huge 'Beer on tap' banner hanging on the outside, one could be mistaken for thinking that this place was just a regular drinking hole. How wrong could we have been?!
Four of us reserved a table for the evening and arrived in good time. A friendly lady showed us to our table and a waiter came by with menu's for us all.
The menu has a good selection of meals to choose from including fish and kangaroo. There's even a kid's menu as well. Tonight there were a few specials and we decided to share an 'Asparagus timbale with spears'. Put simply it was described as a melt in your mouth asparagas custard baked slowly and served with new season's asparagas spears and reduced cream and rosemary sauce.
Well, as you can clearly see, the tips are actually green bean tips...not asparagas. We think they must have run out of asparagas in the kitchen...Nevertheless, it was well presented and we didn't complain as it tasted absolutely devine.
For mains, I chose the 'Blackened barramundi' - coated in Cajun spices which blacken when grilled. It comes atop mashed potato with a couple of poached prawns in a fish stock, tomato, wine and cream sauce.
It was simply devine. The fish was cooked just right - still soft and flaky. The sauce was deliciously tasty and the prawns added to the overall Cajun inspired dish. A thoroughly enjoyable meal.
Service was attentive and friendly; the food was delicious and the portions were generous. A great place to come to if you are visiting Halls Gap.
Kookaburra Bar & Bistro
125-127 Grampians Rd, Halls Gap VIC 3381
Tel: +61 (03) 5356 4222
Lunch: Midday-3pm Sat & Sun
Dinner: 6pm onwards Tue-Sun
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