For years I was never really into seafood. I’ve always liked fish – I think because for many years we were spoilt with the freshest whiting caught off the beach by my grandpa. But prawns, scallops, shellfish – it never really appealed.
I started to like prawns when J’s mum made the most amazing marinated prawn skewers that were cooked on the BBQ. The prawns were fresh from a local prawn farm. My love and appreciation of seafood has been slowly evolving since that point. My most memorable scallops were cooked in cream and garlic in New Zealand, and were caught fresh off the dock out the front of the accommodation.
I guess there is a theme here – and that is freshness. Tasmania has some of the most amazing seafood I’ve ever tasted, and in St Helens we ate dinner at a restaurant where you could literally see the boats that brought in the catch daily from the window.
It seemed an appropriate place to try lobster for the first time. And although the price made me blanche slighly, we were on our honeymoon, so what better time to justify the expense!
It didn’t disappoint – the flesh was sweet and tender, with a pool of melted butter inside the shell. The sides were a beautiful artichoke risotto and steamed greens.
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J began with the oysters – again, the quality was unsurpassed, and they were served simply with a champagne sauce. For his main, he had fresh ocean trout with a sesame skin and clams and noodles in an Asian style broth.
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Although my stomach was groaning at me, I couldn’t miss an opportunity to have dessert. My eyes were bigger than my stomach, and there was no way I could finish the decadent chocolate torte -but I sure gave it a try! J finished every bit of his delicious honey panna cotta – proclaiming that we would have to try to replicate it at home!
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Blue Shed sits right out over the water, and we were on the side closest to the boats – it was a beautiful spot to stare out at the water and stars. The service was attentive and cheerful, and I cannot recommend this place highly enough. The fish and chip place next door is fantastic also – a bit pricier than usual but worth it!
St Helens, Tasmania
Ph: 03 6376 1170