Rockpool Bar & Grill

29 May

Winner of pretty much every food award ever invented in Australia, you don’t need me to tell you how amazing (and pricy, the prices you expect to pay at fine dining restaurants!) Rockpool is. I’ll leave that to the real food critics.

However the vegetarian foodies out there might appreciate a review of the vegetarian choices, so here I go.

Rockpool is renowned for its steak. Veg heads: try not to turn back the way you came when you are walking into the restaurant and rumps of meat are hanging in the windows. Persevere. You are catered for!

My delicious glass of red recommended by the barman

There are a few vegetarian options in each section of the menu, as well as a few items on the menu the chefs are happy to modify without the meat.

However I have been about five times to Rockpool and I must say each time I go there are less and less vegetarian options.

I decided to share with mum. For starters we ordered the Jerusalem Artichoke and Cauliflower Cream Soup with Mushroom and Gruyere Toast and the Wood Fire Grilled Vegetables with Tzatziki.

The soup was magnificent and PERFECT for a cold Melbourne day.

Jerusalem Artichoke and Cauliflower Cream Soup with Mushroom and Gruyere Toast

It was creamy and delicate and I loved the flavour of the artichoke (my new favourite vegetable). However I must say I couldn’t really taste the cauliflower.

It came with a mushroom toast which unfortunately was soggy by the time it came out after soaking the soup up.

This being said, when I go again and if the soup is still on the menu I would definitely order this again.

We also shared the grilled vegetables with tzatiki which admittedly sounds mundane, however the Mediterranean veggies that featured (peppers, zucchini, tomato, eggplant and leaks) were grilled to perfection – moist and soft.

Woodfired Grilled Vegetables w Tzatziki

The tzatziki sauce and olive oil transformed the simple dish into a delicious starter.

For the main we decided to order the King Prawns with Goats Cheese Tortellini, Burnt Butter, Raisins and Pine Nuts (Mum took the prawns) in a main size as well as share some sides of onion rings, mash potato and potato and cabbage gratin.

Goats cheese tortellini

Goats cheese tortellini – melts in your mouth. The homemade pasta combined with the raisins and pine nuts makes this a simple, yet hearty dish that leaves you more than satisfied when finished!

The onion rings are a personal favourite, especially when I ask for a side of aioli with it. MUST order.

Note to self: sides are delicious, but your stomach just simply can't eat ALL of that food!

All in all, it IS possible to be a vegetarian and eat at Rockpool and the veg options are delicious, which is great considering at the end of the day it is primarily a steak restaurant. Just keep in mind veg heads, you are not spoilt for choice.

P.S this is at the bottom of the menu, found it rather interesting!

Would I go back? Yes
Vegetarian selection: 3.5-4/10
Food: 9/10
Decor/interior: 9/10
Service: 7/10

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