Being in Port Lincoln it would be blasphemy to not order seafood. It’s like going to a steakhouse and that one person orders chicken ._. Although Sarin’s is fine dining it offered the cheapest seafood platter that I had come across at $76 for 2. Even the mid-range places like Del Giorno’s sold seafood platters close to $100. Any hope of getting another main disappeared once the seafood platter was set down. Just look at the beast!
Port Lincoln Hotel Seafood Platter ($76 for two)
King prawns were fresh and juicy but mussels were a bit plain with not much sauce to go with them. Kilpatrick style oysters came with crispy bacon and a dollop of Kilpatrick sauce that didn’t overpower the salty creaminess of the oyster. Chewy octopus on a skewer had a slight charred flavour – as C put it “octopus is a not better version of squid”, I agree :P
Prawns grilled to a slight crispy outside with them all on a skewer – you just can’t beat fresh produce :) I can’t believe how good fresh squid tasted with it’s slightly tough but yielding texture. It was all lightly battered and fried where if it was a bit more fried it would have hit the spot completely.
How can a meal not end with dessert? The chocolate and espresso bavarois was simple but tasted damn good. The chocolate custard was like chocolate mousse with a dollop of freshly whipped cream on top. Pouring the coffee butterscotch sauce into the cup gave it a sweet coffee flavour with an underlying smooth butterscotch flavour.
Chocolate and Espresso Bavarois – rich chocolate custard served with shortbread biscuits and a shot of coffee butterscotch sauce ($16)
Oyster lovers this may be your calling. You can get a king oyster for $100 at Sarin’s where Port Lincoln Hotel is the only place that is supplied with them. It’s really huge – just look at the size of the shell below! It takes 6 years to grow compared to most other oysters taking around 1.5 years.
Sarin’s was simple in flavours but done well – simple and fresh, that’s all there was to it where it let the fresh produce shine :)