Pontoon A Casual Restaurant Hit in Stokehouse Precinct
Picture above taken at the end of the night when most had left; modern casual and chic nautical fit out with amazing sea views. To me, the pillars look like raw masts - maybe it's my crazy imagination. The lighting is dim at night, and understandably so, because it allows you to gaze out the window to the views rather than be dazzled by bright lights and miss the view.
A fresh and bright start to the night was this Lettuce Taco Kingfish Ceviche dish; we enjoyed the crunch and creaminess of a ceviche wrapped in lettuce.
Another compelling dish on the "Nibbles" menu is the Hot and Sour Pork Belly with sesame seed. Forget the fork we just picked up the perfectly cooked flavoursome pork belly with our fingers! Melt in your mouth.
The cheery wait staff added to the conviviality of the evening with professional attentive service and a touch of banter.
The hero of the menu is the Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder with sides and condiments. This is a substantial dish that the 2 of us couldn't finish - it could even stretch to 3 people we think. Sides were decent and we ordered chips - because when it comes to casual dining we order chips regardless!
We ordered two bowls of these moorish chips...
Modern, chic and designed to complement the beach surroundings.
Wine list was on song with this SC Pannell Shiraz.
Desserts also hit the spot with this "Happy Ending" of Apple & Rhubarb Crumble, Vanilla and Mascarpone.
The bar dominates as a feature; and punters flock here on weekends for a "sesh" or two, with DJ's at various times and live music on a Sunday.
Pontoon is a ray of light in your winter, and the perfect summer beachside destination, open from noon daily. Highly recommended.