It’s tough going for restaurants in the Docklands.  Some excellent restaurants including LiveBait and Mecca Bah have gone under with high rents and unfulfilled promises for the area cited as factors in their demise.  So it was with some trepidation that I accepted an invitation to dinner at Berth, I half expected to be one of the only people in the restaurant on a Thursday night.

The antipasto platter at Berth

I shouldn’t have worried as Berth was full, a sure sign that at least one place in the Docklands is ticking the boxes for the locals.  Berth juts out onto the water with lovely views of the marina.  If you squint a little you can (almost) imagine you are in Cannes.  Inside it’s all pretty minimalist so as not to detract from that view with lots of polished wood and a large central bar.

A close up of the antipasto platter

The menu at Berth is safe rather than stirring, straight from the crowd pleasing book of foccacias, risottos, pastas and steaks.  To start my friend Jade and I had the antipasto share platter which is excellent value at $24 given it could feed a family of four easily.  Some things were better than others on the platter so while the calamari was disappointingly soggy we were impressed with the excellent crispy deep fried olives.

Slow cooked lamb at Berth

Of the mains, slow cooked lamb shoulder was tender although it could have done with some more spices to add some zing.  It was served almost like a souvlaki with flat bread and yoghurt.  Berth’s chicken risotto ($18) was well made with just the right amount of bite to the rice and the chicken was teamed with some crunch from roasted pine nuts along with sweetness from some roasted pumpkin and a bit of greenery in the form of sage and baby spinach.

Chicken risotto at Berth

The highlight of the meal was Berth’s sticky date pudding ($10) thanks to the lashings of sticky toffee sauce that it was served with.   It probably wasn’t the most summery of dishes but what can I say, it’s a classic.

Sticky date pudding at Berth

The wine list features mainly Australian wines and like the menu there is nothing that will startle with the majority of the list made up of big name producers like Chandon, Brown Brothers and Penfolds.  Berth is a good option if you are in the Docklands but it offers a safe ride for your dinner rather than food that you would call adventurous or envelope pushing.

Gourmet Chick was invited to review Berth.  

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Details: Berth, 45 New Quay Promenade, Docklands 3008 (Ph 03 9670 0199) Open: 7 days a week 9am-11pm.
Damage: Reasonable but on this occasion I did not pay.

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  1. This looks like a great option in an area facing a few challenges – the views are wonderful and the food you have snapped looks delicious!

  2. Sometimes, for delicious puddings, you just have to ignore the weather I find! 🙂

  3. Kari – Yes it is good to see one restaurant doing well and I agree – what a view

    Cquek – Yes the antipasto platter was pretty good

    Nigella – Totally agree!

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