Rocksalt, located at the Hawker shops in Belconnen has long been one of my favorite dining experiences. Its one of those culinary gems you often find hidden away at suburban shopping centres and my visit last night reaffirmed my delight.
Its style is firmly Modern Australian, and while its definitely a fine dining restaurant you wont be disappointed by little servings on large expanses of white plates. Serves are generous and with an extensive wine list there is always something to match your palate.
One of the things that impresses me most about Rocksalt is that they always seem to have friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating staff, bucking a trend of poor service we’ve seen of late in Canberra. My last two visits have been without the benefit of a booking & has saved me from having to face cooking at home, all enthusiasm for that task drained by a long day at work. Rocksalt also cater well for family diners, with my 3yo son getting his own menu and some crayons with which to colour it in. This time around though he didn’t like the mushrooms in his gnocchi but devoured everything else on the plate.
I think their current menu is an improvement on the last, but as always, notable for its interesting combinations of flavors and textures (Rocksalt is the only place I’ve ever seen an avocado sorbet which was simply delicious)
This time round i was treated to a great Rabbit and Fig terrine, Kangaroo fillet w/ baby carrots, beetroot relish and a horseradish cream (although thought the carrots were a little crunchy for my taste) and finished off with Vanilla Pannacotta with citrus segments in kaffir lime which was amazing.
Being a little greedy i’d also had 2 oysters in some sort of light szechuan and mango tempura batter for an appetizer that were so good i ordered another 4 just before dessert arrived.
My wife tried the Caramelized Onion and Feta Tart, Fillet Mignon with onion mash, wilted spinach and truffle aioli (it was a Huge fillet) and a Belgian Chocolate Tart. She was certainly not disappointed and wandered around the rest of the night with one of those satisfied smiles on her face you get from having a great meal.
IMO Rocksalt retains its crown as one of the best dining spots Belconnen has to offer for an intimate night out, or a great dining experience with friends.