Rick Stein at Bannisters is a beautiful seafood restaurant located inside Bannisters Lodge. We loved everything about this place—the location, the ambiance, the service, and the food (unfortunately the pics aren’t going to do the food justice).
We started with Seared Scallops and Le Puy Lentils with a Tomato, Chilli, Tarragon and Chervil Dressing. The chilli with the scallops was a brilliant touch.
Next up, the Raviolo of Lobster. It’s hard not to love a gigantic, buttery piece of ravioli jammed with delicious lobster.
For mains, we went with the waitress’ recommendations.
Bannisters Fish Pie
Blue Eye Trevalla, snapper, scallops, mushrooms and prawns in a creamy fish veloute sauce, gratinated with bread crumbs and parmesan.
Indonesian Seafood Curry with Ling, Skate, Squid and King Prawns
Served with green bean and fresh coconut salad.
The dessert was amazing too. I forget what it was called but basically it was a rolled cake with creme and rhubarb on the side.
Two things struck me about the food at Bannisters. First, sometimes when you put seafood into a curry or a stew (or a veloute sauce), the fish loses its flavour. Not the case with these dishes. The food was brilliant.
Second, both these dishes were very creative and very unique. I’m not sure if I’ll ever have another dinner like the one I had at Bannisters. That’s what makes dinner at Rick Stein’s restaurant so memorable.
Side note, the next time we go to Mollymook, I really hope we can stay at Bannisters.