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Restaurant Review – Rocksalt

Jazz 26 June 2009 30

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.


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sepi sepi 12:00 pm 27 Jun 09

Don’t panic – I[‘ve never seen kids at Rocksalt yet.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 11:58 am 27 Jun 09

Not like I expected you to get it or anything!

ant ant 11:40 am 27 Jun 09

Hells_Bells74 said :

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What a bizarre comment.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 11:27 am 27 Jun 09

Please refrain from taking your kids to restaurants if you ever have any accidentally in the future because maybe then mine will be grown and I won’t have to put up with yours ruining my dining experience if that’s what you think kids are all about, I’d hate to see yours then.

ant ant 11:00 am 27 Jun 09

bigfeet said :

Well the review was doing well until this bit Rocksalt also cater well for family diners, with my 3yo son getting his own menu and some crayons with which to colour it in

That put me off going there.

Yeah, I must admit I mentally moved it down the list a bit too when reading that. Kids are fine, but these days too many of them are permitted to scream and run about which makes the dining experience unpleasant.

Maybe the restaurant gives them the crayons in the hope it will keep them quiet and occupied.

bigfeet bigfeet 9:52 am 27 Jun 09

Well the review was doing well until this bit Rocksalt also cater well for family diners, with my 3yo son getting his own menu and some crayons with which to colour it in

That put me off going there.

Granny Granny 11:25 pm 26 Jun 09

Yes, Rocksalt is superb.

Hrmmm Hrmmm 11:05 pm 26 Jun 09

Often good, given changes of ownership. Outsiders from the ACT have enjoyed the atmosphere and meal as well. The staff were willing to work to match wine and food as well. Must go back to check.

LaLa LaLa 10:34 pm 26 Jun 09

My b/f took me to dinner there last year. Food was really yummy, the portions were generous and the staff friendly and helpful. And no, I don’t work there and never have..

Is it that hard to believe that most of the time it’s actually a great restaurant?

ant ant 9:39 pm 26 Jun 09

If I was one of the owners, I’d make sure the mushrooms passed muster. They were probably lunch mushrooms, rather than gnocchi mushrooms.

pepmeup pepmeup 8:42 pm 26 Jun 09

im going there on saturday night, just looked at the menu and it seems a bit of a wank, but i will be interested to see how closly they match the food to menu when it mentions types of veg ie kipfler potato

pepmeup pepmeup 8:37 pm 26 Jun 09

I take it nemo is not one of the new owners!

Nemo Nemo 8:34 pm 26 Jun 09

I’ve only been there for lunch and was completely underwhelmed. I’d heard lots of great things about it, so was looking forward to the visit. I ordered a smoked salmon lunch dish which had a sliver of smoked salmon about the size of your average post-it note and that was about it. I cant remember the exact price, but it wasn’t cheap. One of my dining companions found a curly black hair at the bottom of her creme brulee as well.

Have had much better meals at cheaper restaurants.

jjoking jjoking 8:16 pm 26 Jun 09

didn’t it change hands recently? and how many of the previous posters now own it?

grunta123 grunta123 7:33 pm 26 Jun 09

Do you guys all work there?

jessieduck jessieduck 5:13 pm 26 Jun 09

I’ve never been but it always comes up in conversations as one of people’s favourite restaurants so I will have to make the effort to go very soon.

ant ant 4:42 pm 26 Jun 09

Bad time of the afternoon to read this review! Now I’m starving.

It sounds like underwhelming mushrooms are on the move and have made their way to Belconnen already. Just as well the kid noticed them in time.

Jim Jones Jim Jones 4:41 pm 26 Jun 09

Damn but that place is good. The wine list is completely awesome too.

I’m drooling thinking about it.

zig zig 4:19 pm 26 Jun 09

Can’t agree more. Great place to go for a good meal out.

Ian Ian 4:12 pm 26 Jun 09

Its been a while since we’ve been there, but yes the couple of meals we’ve had at Rocksalt have been very good.

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