THE WALNUT ROOM 02 Sep 2017
★ ★ ★
(Royal on the Park – 152 Alice Street, Brisbane City)
“Modern Australian Cuisine”
Where do you go to celebrate a 50th Wedding Anniversary. 50 Years of doing anything needs to be celebrated in style don’t you think. Not sure I can even comprehend 50 Years at only 14 Years of age, but none the less .. My Grandparents were celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on the weekend and we needed to celebrate in style. After much discussion with the family we decided to try a restaurant in Brisbane City that was opened around the era of their wedding in the 60’s, being the reason we chose probably one of the most legendary restaurants – The Walnut Room.
The ambiance in the restaurant from a teenagers perspective was quiet somber and to me boring, but I am sure my Grandparents appreciated it much more than I did. What I did like though was the crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and polished wood paneling and carvings throughout, which screamed class.
On to the food …
I ordered Pan-Seared Scallops for entree which were expensive at $22 for the 4 tiny but delicious scallops that were served (bit disappointing). I only wish there were more tasty little morsels to satisfy my taste buds.
For main meal I ordered the Roast Spatchcock, which was served with maple-cured bacon, a hunk of bubble and squeak (mashed potatoe and veges fried together with egg), asparagus (Yuck) and field mushrooms. All in all I was excited to try this dish as I had never tried spatchcock before, but was a little disappointed as it was very small, but to counteract this it was VERY tasty.
Dessert was amazing! This was my first time trying a Bombe Alaska. How exciting was the theatrics of this dessert being placed on fire using alcohol in front of us. The dessert was a decent serving, which tasted divine…. that was until the very last mouthful when I think I scooped up the last of the alcohol and downed it in one gulp – Grose!!!
The last thing I would like to add about this restaurant was that my whole family were starving and they served each of the 3 courses in 1 hour intervals. TOO SLOW!!! That is right…. we were sitting in that restaurant for over 3 hours!!!! Not something I would like to experience again (OK perhaps if the food was amazing I would), but I would do anything for my Grandparents, so I sucked it up.
So is this somewhere I would like to go again for a family meal as a teenager? The answer would for now be no, but I suppose as I get older my tastes will change and my life will not operate on as fast a time schedule and I would then probably find myself back here again.
Happy 50th Anniversary Grandma & Grandad xx