Monday, January 25, 2010

Zest Restaurant; Nelson Bay

After our January 3 wedding, the new husband and I head up to Nelson Bay for a mini-moon. We found a hatted restaurant up there - Zest - and booked in for an evening to celebrate. The restaurant is in the middle of the main shopping drag - a tiny place amongst takeaway shops and the local Coles. It was quite a delightful surprise to step inside into an elegant dining establishment and leave the tourist town outside.

While Zest doesn't have any vegetarian mains on the menu, they were prepared for us and offered me several off-menu choices on arrival.

Because the items I chose weren't on the menu, I don't remember exactly what I ate. The portion sizes were great though, and we were sadly too full for dessert.

We started with warm sourdough with cultured butter & sea salt. No photos though we were were so hungry we waffled it down before I thought to get out the camera.

My entree was the ricotta gnocci with mushrooms - along with other tasty ingredients I sadly can't remember. The gnocci was light and fluffy - totally delicious.

Ricotta gnocci with mushrooms.

Next, the risotto. Standard dish for vegetarians at a lot of restaurants. This was beautifully cooked, with the peas adding a delightful freshness to it.

Risotto with peas.

We also shared a salad - from memory heirloom tomatoes with bocconcini and basil. Very tasty and a large serving.

Tomato salad with bocconcini and basil.

The staff were extremely friendly, the service outstanding. I would definitely return for a nice night out next time I'm in the area.

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